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Begonia

Begonias are good shade annuals

Annuals are plants that you plant in the spring and that die in the fall. What can also be said though, is that most of these plants bloom more than perennials, especially in those locations where you have less sun. So for that shady spot in your garden, these plants are a good choice, if you like brightly colored flowers.

If you are like most gardeners, you won’t even think of waiting for the seeds from last year’s plants to germinate. You will head to the store and buy new annuals. This is especially true in locations where the growing season is rather short, because the flowers sold in stores and nurseries are usually imported or grown in hothouses, so they give gardeners a jump start on the growing season.

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums have bright foliage and blooms

The big advantage with perennials is that you don’t have to plant new ones every year. The disadvantage, on the other hand, is that it will take them a few weeks to wake up and to start blooming in the spring. Another disadvantage is that most of them don’t do as well in shadier locations.

Why choose annuals

Here are a few reasons to choose annuals:

  • Many of them bear colorful flowers all season long.
  • Many of them bloom even in shady locations. Most Impatiens and Begonias, for example, will produce brightly colored blooms all season long with very little direct sun.
  • They are not a good choice, on the other hand, if you don’t want to have to buy new plants every year. In nature, new plants may naturally grow from last year’s seeds, but this may not happen so easily in your garden.

Hey, here’s an idea. Use both annuals and perennials in your landscaping, so you’ll have blooms early in the spring and in shady locations, but you won’t have to redo everything every year.

For specific information on plants that grow well in shady spots, go to our Shade annuals page.

Have you considered all the options available to you? If not, then have a look at our Landscaping plants page.

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