The Q&A Archives: Shade Plants

Question: I'm seeking flowering annuals, other than the usual impatiens and begonias, for a mostly shaded screened porch. There is a little early morning sun, and a little late day, but not much. Summer temperatures range from around 60 to 95, most often in the 80's (daytime).

Answer: Lilies would like the conditions you describe, so try some of the Asiatic hybrids. Some Ageratum will tolerate shade, as will Lobelia, periwinkle, Twinspur, Heliotrope, Sweet Alyssum, Phlox and Viola. Primrose and Campanula might be happy there, too. For texture and interest, try adding a few ferns, as well.

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