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annuals for shade

Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 26, 11 at 8:19

I am looking for some flowering/foliage annuals for shade. I know about impatiens, coleus, begonias and some forget me nots. How about allyssum? Does it flower in shade? Anything else? I do love foliage but something that flowers would also look nice. Marg

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RE: annuals for shade

I don't think alyssum would do well in shade but how about browalia and/or torenia? There are others but not that I can think of at the moment.

RE: annuals for shade

I planted Osteospermum in my front garden last year (morning sunlight only), and (surprisingly) it did well enough, though I'm sure it would have preferred a sunnier spot. I also had great success with Morning Glory in the same spot, though it didn't grow as high as I'd hoped. Finally, I'd certainly suggest that you try some Scizanthus if you haven't considered these plants -- they're just spectacular, thrive in cool, moist, and shady locations, and provide beautiful colour for me from May to September in my Peace River, AB garden.

RE: annuals for shade

Schizanthus is good and so is mimulus.

RE: annuals for shade

  • Posted by marric Z5a Ontario (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 27, 11 at 8:17

Thanks for the suggestions! I've grown Scizanthus before but I thought it needed full sun. Will have to start growing it again. I love the flowers. I looked up muimulas and they might be worth a try too. Marg

RE: annuals for shade

Try Garden Balsam (Impatiens balsamina). Nicotiana will bloom nicely in part shade. I have self-seeding patches of annual Candytuft (Ibiris umbellata) that do just fine with not much sun.

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