35 Annuals that Do Well in Shade (A to Z Photo Database)

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Angel Wings (Caladium bicolor)

Angel Wings (Caladium bicolor)
Common Name:
Angel Wings
Scientific Name:
Caladium bicolor
Type:
Annual
Water:
Moderate
Soil PH:
5.6 to 6.5
Flower Color:
pink
Special Characteristics:
Container, Easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 10
Height At Maturity:
12" to 24"
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Blue floss (Ageratum houstonianum)

Blue floss (Ageratum houstonianum)
Common Name:
Blue Floss
Scientific Name:
Ageratum houstonianum
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium Moisture
Soil PH:
4.5 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Blue, Pink, White
Special Characteristics:
Deer resistant, Attracts Birds and Butterflies, easy-to-grow, Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 22
Height At Maturity:
24" to 48"
Sun:
Full sun, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Bush violet (Browallia speciosa)

Bush violet (Browallia speciosa)
Common Name:
Bush Violet
Scientific Name:
Browallia speciosa
Type:
Annual
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture, Tolerates Wet Soil
Soil PH:
5.5 to 7
Flower Color:
Purple-blue with white center
Special Characteristics:
Container, Attracts hummingbirds
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 10
Height At Maturity:
12" to 24"
Sun:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Buzzy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana)

Buzzy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana)
Common Name:
Buzzy Lizzy
Scientific Name:
Impatiens walleriana
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1 - 7.5
Flower Color:
Pink, rose, red, lilac, purple, orange, white & bicolors
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6"-24"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant, Groundcover

Coleus (Plectranthus Scutellarioides)

Coleus (Plectranthus Scutellarioides)
Common Name:
coleus
Scientific Name:
Plectranthus scutellarioides
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1 to 7.8
Flower Color:
Light Blue White. White, Inconspicuous/none
Special Characteristics:
easy to grow, container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 - 11
Height At Maturity:
6" to 36"
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Flame nettle (Solenostemon or Coleus)

Flame nettle (Solenostemon or Coleus)
Common Name:
Flame nettle
Scientific Name:
Solenostemon or Coleus
Type:
Annual
Water:
Moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.25 to 6.75
Flower Color:
Multicolor
Special Characteristics:
Cut flowers, Easy to grow
Hardiness Zone(s):
4-10
Height At Maturity:
24" to 48"
Sun:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
groundcover

Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana)

Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana)
Common Name:
Flower Tobacco
Scientific Name:
Nicotiana
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium moisture
Soil PH:
5.0 to 5.5
Flower Color:
Yellow-green to white, pink and red
Special Characteristics:
Fragrant, Attracts birds and butterflies
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
3' to 5'
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Ground cover

Forget me not (Myosotis Sylvatica)

Forget me not (Myosotis Sylvatica)
Common Name:
forget me not
Scientific Name:
Myosotis Sylvatica ‘victoria blue’
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium, tolerates wet soil
Soil PH:
6.0 to 7.0
Flower Color:
Blue with yellow eye
Special Characteristics:
Attracts Butterflies, Deer resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 8
Height At Maturity:
6" to 9"
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)

Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica)
Common Name:
Fuchsia
Scientific Name:
Fuchsia magellanica
Type:
Annual
Water:
Average
Soil PH:
5.6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Fuchsia, Purple, white
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 9
Height At Maturity:
4' - 10'
Sun:
Full shade, Partial shade
Sub Type:
evergreen

Garden balsam (Impatiens balsamina)

Garden balsam (Impatiens balsamina)
Common Name:
Garden balsam
Scientific Name:
Impatiens balsamina
Type:
Annuals
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture, Tolerates Drought
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
white, red, orange, yellow, violet, and pink
Special Characteristics:
Container, Attracts birds and butterflies
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6" to 30"
Sun:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Godetia (Clarkia amoena)

Godetia (Clarkia amoena)
Common Name:
Godetia
Scientific Name:
Clarkia amoena
Type:
Annual
Flower Color:
Pink and White
Special Characteristics:
Easy to grow / Good for cut flowers / Attracts butterflies and birds / Fast growing
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 through 11
Height At Maturity:
24" to 48"
Sun:
Plenty of sun and partial shade.

Golden corydalis (Corydalis aurea)

Golden corydalis (Corydalis aurea)
Common Name:
Golden corydalis
Scientific Name:
Corydalis aure
Type:
Perennial
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1-7.8
Flower Color:
Yellow
Special Characteristics:
Poisonous
Hardiness Zone(s):
5-9
Height At Maturity:
6-12"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Love lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)

Love lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)
Common Name:
love lies bleeding
Scientific Name:
amaranthus caudatus
Type:
Annual
Water:
Needs moderate moisture
Soil PH:
5.5 to 7
Flower Color:
Red, Yellow Green, Dark Red
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
6 to 11
Height At Maturity:
4' to 8'
Sun:
Full Sun- Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant, Attracts birds

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)
Common Name:
New guinea impatiens
Scientific Name:
Impatiens Hawker
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium mosture
Soil PH:
5.5 to 6.5
Flower Color:
orange, red, pink, white, purple and lavender
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 12
Height At Maturity:
18" to 48"
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)

New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)
Common Name:
New guinea impatiens
Scientific Name:
Impatiens Hawker
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium mosture
Soil PH:
5.5 to 6.5
Flower Color:
orange, red, pink, white, purple and lavender
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 12
Height At Maturity:
18" to 48"
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Perennial Flax

Perennial Flax
Common Name:
Perennial Flax
Scientific Name:
Linum perenne
Type:
Perennial, Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.5 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Blue
Special Characteristics:
Showy Flowers
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 8
Height At Maturity:
1' to 2'
Sun:
Full sun to Part Shade
Sub Type:
groundcover

Petunia (Petunia)

Petunia (Petunia)
Common Name:
Petunia
Scientific Name:
Petunia
Type:
Annual
Water:
Moderate Moisture
Soil PH:
6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
red, white, bicoloured, yellow, purple
Special Characteristics:
Fragrant, Attracts birds, hummingbirds and butterflies, Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
12" to 18"
Sun:
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
Common Name:
Polka Dot Plant
Scientific Name:
Hypoestes phyllostachya
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.1 to 5.5
Flower Color:
Lilac
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
12"-24"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Rex Begonia (Begonia rex cultorum)

Rex Begonia (Begonia rex cultorum)
Common Name:
Rex Begonia
Scientific Name:
Begonia rex cultorum
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.7 to 6.2
Flower Color:
Flowers not showy
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
12"-18"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Swedish ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

Swedish ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)
Common Name:
Swedish ivy
Scientific Name:
Plectranthus verticillatus
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
6.1 to 7.5
Flower Color:
White
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
10 to 11
Height At Maturity:
24" to 36"
Sun:
Full Shade, Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Herb

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
Common Name:
Sweet William
Scientific Name:
Dianthus barbatus
Type:
Perennial, Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.8 to 6.8
Flower Color:
Red, pink, white, bicolor
Special Characteristics:
Attracts birds and butterflies, showy flowers, fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s):
3 to 9
Height At Maturity:
1' to 2'
Sun:
Full sun to part shade
Sub Type:
evergreen

Tobacco plant (Nicotiana Sylvestris)

Tobacco plant (Nicotiana Sylvestris)
Common Name:
Tobacco Plant
Scientific Name:
Nicotiana Sylvestris
Type:
Annual
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture
Soil PH:
6.1 to 6.5
Flower Color:
white, pink, purple and red
Special Characteristics:
Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s):
10-11
Height At Maturity:
3' to 5'
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Tuberous Begonia (Begonia Tuberhybrida)

Tuberous Begonia (Begonia Tuberhybrida)
Common Name:
Tuberous Begonia
Scientific Name:
Begonia Tuberhybrida
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.5-5.8
Flower Color:
White, yellow, orange, pink, red
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
9 to 11
Height At Maturity:
12"-18"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Houseplant

Wishbone flower (Torenia Fournieri)

Wishbone flower (Torenia Fournieri)
Common Name:
Wishbone flower
Scientific Name:
Torenia Fournieri
Type:
Annual
Water:
Moderate moisture
Soil PH:
6.0 to 6.5
Flower Color:
yellow, pink, purple, blue and white
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6" to 12"
Sun:
Partial Shade to full shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri)

Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri)
Common Name:
Wishbone Flower
Scientific Name:
Torenia fournieri
Type:
Annual
Water:
Medium
Soil PH:
5.6 to 7.5
Flower Color:
Pale violet and dark purple bicolor
Special Characteristics:
Container
Hardiness Zone(s):
2 to 11
Height At Maturity:
6"-12"
Sun:
Full Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

Yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

Yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)
Common Name:
Yellow wood sorrel
Scientific Name:
Oxalis stricta
Type:
Annual
Water:
Needs Moderate Moisture
Soil PH:
4 to 5
Flower Color:
Yellow, white, pink, red, orange
Special Characteristics:
Deer resistant
Hardiness Zone(s):
5 to 11
Height At Maturity:
0" to 12"
Sun:
Partial Shade
Sub Type:
Groundcover

If you’re looking for annuals that do well in locations that get some sun and are partly shady throughout the day, you’re in the right spot.

This is our main gallery in which these are the flowers we feature.

TIP: It’s important you actually know whether a particular spot is partly shady before running out and buying a bunch of annuals (which can add up in price).  The key is to monitor a particular garden throughout the day.  If it gets a few hours of sun and is shady the rest of the time, that’s what you’re looking for.

For each flower listed below, we provide some key information about each so be sure to check it out.  We hope this list of annuals helps with your garden planning.

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