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Begonias are good shade annuals

Begonia

Full shade annuals require less than 2 hours of direct sunlight per day, while partial shade plants require 2 to 4 hours. For more general information, refer to our page on shade plants or to our page on annuals.

Before making a final choice on any given plant, always check all its characteristics to ensure it is the right plant for the right place.

Full shade annuals

Full shade annuals that require less than 2 hours of direct sunlight per day (don’t forget that these aren’t endives – they do need light) and a soil that is moist but well drained.

Scientific name Common name
Begonia (various varieties) Begonia (various varieties)
Impatiens (various varieties) Busy Lizzie (various varieties)
Solenostemon scutellarioides (various varieties) Coleus (various varieties)

Partial shade annuals

Partial shade annuals that require between 2 and 4 hours of direct sunlight per day and a soil that is moist but well drained.

Scientific name Common name
Ageratum Whiteweed
Begonias (fibrous and tuberous varieties) Begonias (fibrous and tuberous varieties)
Impatiens (various varieties) Busy Lizzie (various varieties)
Lobularia maritima Sweet Alyssum
Moluccella laevis Bells of Ireland
Myosotis (various varieties) Forget-me-nots (various varieties)
Nemophila menziesii Baby Blue-eyes
Solenostemon scutellarioides (various varieties) Coleus (various varieties)
Viola (various varieties) Violets or pansies (various varieties)

Consider visiting our Shade plants page, where you will find general information on growing plants in shady locations.

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

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