Category: Shade

Kong Coleus

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Fuchsia

Duration
Lighting Requirement
Mature height
Garden Spacing
Annual
Shade/Part Shade
4″ – 8″
18″ – 24″

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hoosing fuchsias for your garden brings bold color and visual interest to shady areas usually left bare. Fuchsias will bloom continuously from planting until the first frost, and they do not require any deadheading. These flowering plants are ideal for use in hanging baskets, and they require moist soil that drains well.

Torenia

Duration
Lighting Requirement
Mature height
Garden Spacing
Annual
Sun or Shade
8″ – 16″
8″ – 10″

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his annual is early to flower and thrives in partial shade or full sunlight. The large flowers look great in hanging baskets, mixed containers, or landscaping and it will bloom all season.

Torenia require an average amount of watering and the soil should be kept moist but not soggy.

Dragon Wing Begonia

Duration
Lighting Requirement
Mature height
Garden Spacing
Annual
Shade/Part Shade
14″ – 18″
15″ – 18″

This annual produces abundant flowers all summer, and it is a great plant to fill open shady spaces. Dragon Wing plants fill in fast to form lush garden beds that last up to the first frost. You can also use these begonias as the focus of stunning mixed or solo containers and hanging baskets. Dragon wing begonias are heat tolerant, they prefer moist but not soggy soil, and do not require any deadheading.

New Guinea Impatien

Duration
Lighting Requirement
Mature height
Garden Spacing
Annual
Shade/Part Shade
10″ – 14″
8″ – 10″

New Guinea impatiens produce much larger flowers than other impatiens and can tolerate up to half a day of sun, however they do best in light shade. Flower beds which get morning sunshine and afternoon shade, are ideal locations for these plants. This annual requires regular watering to keep the soil moist, and does not require any deadheading.

Oxalis

Duration
Lighting Requirement
Mature height
Garden Spacing
Annual
Full/Part Shade
6″ – 10″
10″ – 12″

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his annual produces stunning violet, shamrock-shaped leaves, and delicate blushed flowers. Oxalis is a great statement in shady areas and it prefers moist soil that drains well. It can be used in containers, hanging baskets and landscaping. This type of oxalis is the well-behaved clumping type, not the weedy, spreading type.

Browalia

Duration
Lighting Requirement
Mature height
Garden Spacing
Annual
Shade/Part Sun
10″ – 14″
12″ – 14″

Browallia produces dainty lavender flowers that continuously bloom throughout the summer without any deadheading. This annual is heat tolerant, but it prefers a partially shaded location. Browallia is a highly versatile plant that can be used in containers, hanging baskets and the landscaping. It should be watered regularly and the soil should drain well.

Coleus

Duration
Lighting Requirement
Mature height
Garden Spacing
Annual
Sun or Shade
20″ – 36″
12″ – 14″

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hether grown in containers or in the ground, used as specimen plants or as partners in a combination, the beautiful foliage that Coleus produce are stunning.

While generally a plant for shade, certain varieties, such as the Proven Winners line of Coleus, thrive in sunnier environments (they will survive in shady environments, but will lose some of the vibrancy of their leaves). Coleus come in different shapes and sizes from trailing varieties to big bushy mounds. They produce vibrant splashes of color and flowing curves of texture all season long.

Streptocarpella

Duration
Lighting Requirement
Mature height
Garden Spacing
Annual
Shade/Part Shade
8″ – 12″
12″ – 15″

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hese airy, dainty blue flowers bloom all season, and do not require any deadheading. They prefer partial shade, and recover well from dehydration. They should be watered when the soil is almost dry. They are also adaptable as a houseplant.

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