Container annuals for part shade?
I'm looking for suggestions for annuals that I can grow in mixed containers in part shade. I've been growing annuals and perennials for years, but I can't think of any annuals that are ideally suited to what I have in mind. I think that "ideal" might be an impossibility, but what I'm ideally seeking are annuals that are not too garish (e.g. tuberous begonias), nor too common (e.g. impatiens), bushy and/or cascading, have spring through fall interest (a tough one!), can withstand several weeks of summer heat and humidity, and - most importantly - will be fairly floriferous or have a colorful foliage display in part shade. I would certainly be open to compromise on any of these qualities, and would consider perennials as well.
I've been thinking of dwarfish nicotiana, and that's about all I can come up with. There must be more!? I love calibrachoa but I think it would languish in shade, and likewise New Guinea impatiens. I enjoy starting plants from seed, so that expands the possibilities a little, I guess.
Thanks very much for any suggestions you might have.