AShade Annuals Zone 5

AShade Annuals Zone 5

AShade Annuals Zone 5

What did the Gardeners and Plant Growers of Europe say about the annuals plants in their gardens and fields?

As a guide, partial shade refers to those areas that are shaded for 4-6 hours per day. Morning sun or east facing locations are typical or dappled light obstructed by trees. Afternoon sun is also considered within the partial shade parameters but because of the intensity of afternoon sun, these areas can become quite hot and may require attention to timely irrigation. Full shade areas receive no direct sun only indirect light. North sides of structures or under fully leafed out trees are examples.


A shade garden is just as lovely as a garden filled with sun-loving plants. While perennials, which return for many years, should be the backbone of any garden, annuals have a place, too! Annuals live for only one season, but they allow you to shake things up and change your planting plan every year so it's never boring. With a vast number of sizes, forms, and colors, annuals often bloom from spring to frost for a season-long show. Bonus: Some annuals drop seeds, so baby plants often pop up next year on their own (yay!).Before choosing your plants, observe your garden at different times of day. How many hours of direct sunlight does it get? Does it only receive shade in the morning then blazing hot afternoon sun? This is important so you don't put a shade lover in a spot that's really not that shady after all. Make sure to read the plant tags or descriptions, too, to learn which annuals will tolerate a little part sun (up to 3 to 4 hours per day), or full shade, meaning no direct sunlight.

Meet the classic go-to shade annual—impatiens. This bloomer stages a spectacular show in part to full shade. Look for flowers in a rainbow of shades, including bicolors and swirls; the 'Firefly Watermelon' cultivar shown here blooms in a vibrant watermelon pink color. For low-maintenance beauty in shady spots, it’s tough to beat this long-time favorite. Impatiens may be attacked by a severe disease, downy mildew. If your impatiens have succumbed to this disease in the past, avoid replanting impatiens in the same spot. Instead, look through the gallery for other shady color.Set your sights on floral delights with the luscious blooms of tuberous begonias. Flowers can be single or double and often resemble small roses. Use in containers or planting beds. Cascading types make stunning hanging baskets. Look for blossoms in yellow, red, pink, orange and white shades—no blues here. Give plants partial shade; avoid bright sun and high temps. Tuberous begonias flower non-stop in Zones 9 to 11. In other zones, dig tubers and store for winter. (Source: www.hgtv.com)



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