Many of the annual flowers need plenty of sun if they are to thrive, but there are some that will grow happily in shady areas of the garden. Of course it depends on whether you are talking about partial shade when they is sun for part of the day or full shade when little or no sunlight penetrates the area. Most of the plants described on this list will grow in full sun or partial shade, but a few will also cope with full shade. This information comes from an article by Krysanthe which I found on the Dengarden website.
Gardens under trees or next to buildings can be a challenge to some gardeners, but don?t be discouraged. There are many annual plants that actually thrive in the shade. Planting the right annuals will have your shady garden in bloom all summer long. So take heart, gardening in the shade doesn?t have to be frustrating. With a little planning and the right plants, you can create a wonderful woodland retreat in your backyard.The annuals listed below are shade tolerant plants. Since annuals are so inexpensive and have to be replanted each year, you can try many different ones out to see what works best in your shaded garden.
Alyssum will proved a carpet of tiny little flowers in your shade garden which makes it an excellent edging plant. It will tolerate a variety of soil types, but it will do best in areas with good drainage. Although all the colors will all grow in the shade, the purple varieties do better.
Sun Requirements for Alyssum ? Full sun to partial shade
Alyssum Size ? Alyssum can grow from 4 to 8 inches tall. It will spread as wide as 12 to 18 inches
Colors of Alyssum ? White, purple, and pink
Begonias bloom nonstop all season. Their foliage is a glossy which gives them one of their more common names: Wax Begonia. They tolerate most soil conditions, but they do need adequate moisture and good drainage.
Sun Requirements for Begonia ? Full sun, partial shade, full shade
Begonia Size – Begonia grow anywhere from 6 ? 18 inches tall and wide.
Colors of Begonia ? White, pink and red. Foliage is also varied as it comes in shades of green and red
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