The Q&A Archives: Shade Plants in Texas

Question: I would like to plant a flower garden in my backyard in an area that is covered in shade 99% of the day. What flowers or small plants would be good for this area?

Answer: Melissa,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

There are many flowers that bloom in a fairly bright shade location. Some of your options are: Impatiens, Begonia, Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Oxalis, Mexican Petunia (Ruellia), Pansy, "Texas Gold' Columbine, Cyclamen, Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana), Hosta, Tradescantia, Violet, Chinese Ground Orchid (Bletilla striata), and Wishbone Flower (Torenia fournieri).

If your shade is dense these flowers may not do well. It may be a good idea to have some trees trimmed a little to brighten up the shade.

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