Shade can be a problem especially when it occurs for most of the day or is due to nearby trees. Undoubtedly the best for a shady spot are bedding begonia, coleus and impatiens, but all the following popular types will flourish despite some shade.

  • Ajuga
  • Bedding Begonia
  • Tuberous Begonia
  • Calceolaria
  • Caldendula
  • Campanula
  • Coleus
  • Conifers
  • Cyclamen
  • Euonymus
  • Euphorbia
  • Fuschia
  • Hedera
  • Impatiens
  • Kochia
  • Lobelia
  • Mimulus
  • Nasturtium
  • Nemophila
  • Nicotiana
  • Pansy
  • Polygonum
  • Stock
  • Viola

The average bedding plant thrives where the site has some protection from the prevailing wind but receives little or no shade during the day .The soil should be free draining, reasonably rich in humus but not too rich in nitrogen. Unfortunately we can often do little or nothing to change the situation and it is wise to select plants that are known to succeed under the conditions that will prevail.

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