Annual Bedding Plants For Part Shade

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There are annual bedding plants which prefer growing in full sun and others that prefer shade - but what about those spots in the landscape where the sun shines only during the morning or afternoon? Thankfully, there are annual bedding plants that meet either of these requirements, further enhancing the possibilities for seasonally beautifying your home and property.

Before we take a look at the varieties of annuals that will grow in the various partial sun or partial shade conditions, let's take a look at another important factor to consider when choosing annuals to plant throughout your landscape: color.

Since annual bedding plants are most useful to provide color throughout the landscape, color selection can be very important. Color can be used to visually change distance perspective and to set a certain mood:

  • Warm colors and light tints - Shades of red, orange, yellow and white are warm colors that can be used to effectively advance an object or area toward the observer. For example, these colors and tints placed near the foundation of a house would make the house appear closer to the street.
  • Cool colors and deep shades - Shades of blue, green and black recede and can be used to make a house or other structure appear farther from the street.
  • Cool colors are restful while warm colors express action and are best used in filtered light or against a green or dark background.


    Below are listings for annual plants that require or perform well in various types of exposure to sun. Some are useful for planting in flower beds, some are more useful for and happy when growing in containers, while others will perform well in beds or containers. When browing the lists below, click on any image or link to visit that plant's Plant File. In every Plant File on this website you will find usage tips.

    Annual Plants for Morning Sun w/Afternoon Shade

    Annuals that prefer only the morning sun can be planted in beds or containers situated in areas of the landscape that provide such conditions. Many annuals, such as impatiens, caladiums, torenias and the others listed below are also very useful as fillers to provide season-long color among hosta lilies, ferns and other shade loving plants that have been grouped together in the perennial or shrub shade garden.

    Below you will find a listing of annual bedding plants that grow well in morning sun with shade in the afternoon. Click on any link or thumbnail image to see an expanded Plant File that contains a detailed plant description and instructions for care.

    Acalypha 'Bourbon Street'
    Acalypha 'Bourbon Street'

    Acalypha 'Bourbon Street' features striking multi-color...
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    African Daisy - Cape Marigold
    African Daisy - Cape Marigold

    African Daisy is a prolific bloomer, producing lots of ...
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    Alternanthera 'Party Time' - Joseph's Coat
    Alternanthera 'Party Time' - Joseph...

    Alternanthera 'Party Time', also referred to as 'Joseph...
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    Asparagus Fern
    Asparagus Fern

    Asparagus Fern 'Sprengeri' is an attractive plant with trailing branches covered...
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    Bacopa Plant
    Bacopa Plant

    Bacopas produce masses of small, white, pink or blue flowers that cover long ste...
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    Bonfire Begonia
    Bonfire Begonia

    Bonfire Begonia features outstanding, bright red-orange flowers produced profuse...
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    Annual Plants for Afternoon Sun w/Morning Shade

    When it comes to plant selection, designers often find this sun exposure requirement one of the most difficult. Some plants require sunshine in the morning to dry dew from foliage in order to avoid the onset of damaging fungus. But not to worry, there are many plants that will tolerate or thrive in morning shade with afternoon sun exposure.

    Below you will find a listing of annual bedding plants that grow well in morning shade with sun in the afternoon. Click on any link or thumbnail image to see an expanded Plant File that contains a detailed plant description and instructions for care.

    Bonfire Begonia
    Bonfire Begonia

    Bonfire Begonia features outstanding, bright red-orange flowers produced profuse...
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    Bronze Leaf Wax Begonia 'Cocktail Mix'
    Bronze Leaf Wax Begonia 'Cocktail Mix'

    Bronze Leaf Wax Begonias feature bronze leaves, early f...
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    Dragon Wing Begonia
    Dragon Wing Begonia

    Dragon Wing Begonias feature large, shiny leaves and an abundance of red, pink o...
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    Flowering Cabbage Plants
    Flowering Cabbage Plants

    Flowering cabbage plants are great for adding color to ...
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    Flowering Kale Plants
    Flowering Kale Plants

    Flowering kale plants are great for adding color to the...
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    Geranium - (Zonal Group - Annual)
    Geranium - (Zonal Group - Annual)

    Zonal Geraniums are among the Top 5 most popular annual...
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