Veggies and flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Birmingham, Al
Question by taweldon
June 30, 2010
I live in an apartment in Birmingham AL. I have a very small fenced back yard, but it is entirely shaded with trees. I wanted to plant some tomatoes and maybe green peppers/cucumbers,green onions, etc in small quantities, but I would like to know if there are any varieties that will grow in an entirely shaded area. I also would like advice on good shade flowers. Thank you.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Veggies need at least 6-8 hours of full sunlight a day. These vegetables will tolerate less, but they still need some sunlight: beets, carrots, kale, lettuce, potatoes, scallions, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, Swiss chard. There are more options with flowers in shade:

Annuals -- Begonia, Browallia, Coleus, annual Foxglove, Forget-me-not, Impatiens, Primrose, Torenia, Viola.

Bulbs -- Begonia, Caladium, Camassia, Elephant's ears, Lilium, Narcissus, Scilla, Callas.

Perennials -- Anemone, Columbine, Astilbe, Campanula, lily-of-the-valley, Dicentra, Digitalis, Ferns, Hosta, daylilies, Liriope, Monarda, Pachysandra, Thalictrum, Vinca, navelwort (Omphalodes cappadocica), blue lungwort (Pulmonaria angustifolia), pinkroot (Spigelia marilandica), bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) and sweet violets (Viola odorata).

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