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Choosing Annuals for Partial Sun

These plants want 4 to 6 hours of morning light, or dappled sunlight.

Some examples are:

  • Lobelia
  • New Guinea Impatiens
  • Ivy Geraniums
  • Pansies
  • Regal (Martha Washington) Geraniums
  • Coleus

Partial Sun / Shade Hanging Baskets, Patio Containers, and Window Boxes

Need shade in the hot afternoons. Tolerate more sun if kept well watered. Colors vibrant with afternoon shade. East, bright North, shaded West and South.

Impatiens: Great selection of varieties, good for acidic soil.
Lobelia Upright: Crystal Palace, Blue Moon   Lobelia Trailing: Saphire, Red Cascade
Pansy: Keep seed pods picked off
Begonia, Fibrous: Red, pink, white, mixed blooms, also variegated foliage
Thunbergia (Black-Eyed Susan): Vine, bright flowers with afternoon shade
Nasturtiums: Lots of water and feed, use flowers in salads, they are edible
Cuphea (Cigar Plant): Bloom summer and fall
Chenille: Red tassels bloom continuously, some shade in summer, good house plant.
Brachyscome: Blue daisy-like flower, short plant in Moss Baskets with shade loving plants – fun and different, may need water 1-2 times a day, especially if it is windy.
Geraniums, Ivy: Most do best in partial shade

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