Annuals that Do Well in Shade

Welcome to our directory of annuals that do well in shade.  If you want to design a garden, check out these garden design software options.

 We continually update this database, so please bookmark it and check back weekly.

 To learn more about each item in the gallery, click the title or image and you’ll be taken to the brief article about that plant/flower that provides key information (and in many cases an instructional video).


Perennial Flax



Details

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Common Name

Perennial Flax

Scientific Name

Linum perenne

Type

Perennial, Annual

Sub-Type

groundcover

Sun

Full sun to Part Shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

5 to 8

Soil pH

6.5 to 7.5

Flower Color

Blue

Special Characteristics

Showy Flowers

Height at Maturity

1' to 2'

Video



Pink



Details

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Common Name

Pink

Scientific Name

Dianthus chinensis

Type

Perennial, Annual

Sub-Type

ground cover

Sun

Full Sun to Part Shade

Water

Dry to medium

Hardiness Zones

6 to 9

Soil pH

6 to 7

Flower Color

Pink, ROse

Special Characteristics

Attracts birds and butterflies, Showy flowers Showy flowers

Height at Maturity

6" to 12"

Video



sweet William_Dianthus barbatus



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Common Name

Sweet William

Scientific Name

Dianthus barbatus

Type

Perennial, Annual

Sub-Type

evergreen

Sun

Full sun to part shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

3 to 9

Soil pH

5.8 to 6.8

Flower Color

Red, pink, white, bicolor

Special Characteristics

Attracts birds and butterflies, showy flowers, fragrant

Height at Maturity

1' to 2'

Video



Flame nettle (Solenostemon or Coleus)



Details

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Common Name

Flame nettle

Scientific Name

Solenostemon or Coleus

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

groundcover

Sun

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water

Moderate moisture

Hardiness Zones

4-10

Soil pH

5.25 to 6.75

Flower Color

Multicolor

Special Characteristics

Cut flowers, Easy to grow

Height at Maturity

24" to 48"

Video



New guinea impatiens (Impatiens Hawker)



Details

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Common Name

New guinea impatiens

Scientific Name

Impatiens Hawker

Type

Annual

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Partial Shade

Water

Medium mosture

Hardiness Zones

10 to 12

Soil pH

5.5 to 6.5

Flower Color

orange, red, pink, white, purple and lavender

Special Characteristics

Container

Height at Maturity

18" to 48"

Video



Golden corydalis (Corydalis aurea)



Details

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Common Name

Golden corydalis

Scientific Name

Corydalis aure

Type

Perennial

Sub-Type

Groundcover

Sun

Full Shade

Water

Medium

Hardiness Zones

5-9

Soil pH

6.1-7.8

Flower Color

Yellow

Special Characteristics

Poisonous

Height at Maturity

6-12"

Video





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.