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Choosing Spring-Summer
Shade Annuals


Choosing Spring-Summer
Shade Annuals

Choose Your Favorite Shade Plants

There are many great shade plants for southeastern gardens. Here are some of our favorites:

New Guinea Impatiens:

  • One of the best shade annuals to get a pop of color
  • Large, bright colored flowers and some have fun foliage color Grow 1-2' tall and wide


  • Green leaf begonias take full shade, while bronze leaf begonias can take a little more sun


  • Commonly called the wishbone flower
  • The flower shape is similar to a snapdragon and every bit as colorful
  • Grow 6-12" tall and 6-9" wide


  • Provides foliage, color, and texture
  • In container gardens, it's a great filler plant
  • Comes in an array of colors from lime green, deep burgundy to a mix of colors


  • A foliage plant that comes in an array of varieties
  • Provide height in the garden and will spread
  • Choose from green and white caladiums, green and red, and many, many more

Determine Your Sunlight

  • Shade: Areas that receive less than 3 hours of shade and are shaded most of the day
  • Partial Shade: Areas where the sun is filtered, usually leaves and foliage, and peek through for most of the day

Plant in a Nutrient-Rich Soil

It's important to have good soil for two reasons:

  • It has the nutrients plants need to establish a healthy root system
  • Good soil will provide the plant with good drainage so it gets enough water, but it's not sitting in water which would cause the roots to rot.

In the garden:

  • Amend soil with Pike Planting Mix at a 50/50 ratio with the native soil
In a pot:
  • Use a high-quality Potting Mix like Pike Potting & Containing Soil

Annual Shade Plant Care

A consistent watering schedule is important for all plants, including shade annuals

  • You want to keep the soil slightly moist to the touch.
  • Remember, shady areas don't dry out as quickly, so adjust the water schedule as needed.

Fertilize your shade annuals:

  • If you planted mostly flowering shade annuals, use a fertilizer like E.B. Stone Ultra Blooms
  • If you planted a combination of flowering and foliage, use a fertilizer like E.B. Stone All Purpose Plant Food Share via :