Top Shade Annuals

There are so many fantastic annuals to choose from so we are presenting our favorites, the ones we think you'd enjoy in your garden!

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Acalypha reptans: Trailing Chenille - Spiller

Chenille sports long tassels of red, fuzzy flowers late spring to frost. These compact plants perform well alone in hanging baskets or in combos trailing over the edges of pots. They add an unique look to any setting including indoors (plus they are fun to pet.)

  • Part sun, shade in the hot afternoon].
  • Moderate water needs.
  • Fertilize monthly during the spring and summer.
  • Grows 6-12" tall 24" wide.
Begonia 'Bonfire'

Begonia 'Bonfire' - Thriller

This easy, low-maintainence annual really packs a punch with bright orange flowers late spring to frost. It can grow in full sun and its full, bushy growth habit makes it ideal for any type of container. They combine with practically anything; try Sweet Potato vine and Coleus for a knockout tropical look.

  • Full sun to partial shade.
  • Moderate water needs.
  • Fertilize once or twice in the summer.
  • Grows 1' tall and wide.
Coleus 'Kingswood Torch'

Coleus 'Kingswood Torch' - Thriller

This is a stunning Coleus, with burgundy leaves and bright magenta centers. The contrast of colors intensifies in full sun. It is a large-growing variety which makes it great alone or as a fantastic thriller. Combine with New Guinea Impatiens and Tradescantia.

  • Full sun or shade.
  • Pinch to shape plants.
  • Moderate water needs.
  • Grows 36-42" tall and wide.
Colocasia 'Elephant Ear'

Colocasia 'Black Magic' - Thriller

A dramatic plant for full to partial sun. The arrow-shaped purple leaves can reach up to 3’! Fantastic in the ground, in ponds or containers. Save this plant for next year by overwintering it indoors when temperatures drop below 32°F.

  • Grows 5-6’ tall and wide in a single season!
  • Loves water, full to part sun.
  • Fertilize every two weeks with a liquid all-purpose fertilizer for biggest impact.
  • Cold hardy 20-30°F, overwinter indoors as a house plant or dormant bulb.
Cyperus 'King Tut'

Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’: Papyrus - Thriller

This Egyptian native adds feathery texture, graceful lines and delicate movement to the pond or garden. Click here to make your own papyrus paper. It thrives in full to part sun, moist soil and minimal fertilizer. Combines great with creeping jenny, sweet potato vine and fuchsias. Overwinter indoors to grow again next year.

  • Grows 3-6’ tall and wide.
  • Loves water.
  • Cold hardy to zone 9-11.
  • Can grow as a houseplant too!
  Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost'

Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' - Filler

Masses of small white flowers float on top of small leaves, from late spring to frost. This plant is fluffy in growth habit and offers a delicate texture. It is easy and low maintenance; fantastic for planting under roses and in mixed containers. Combine with Cast Iron Plant and Sweet Potato vine for a clean, distinctive container. Also great with Geraniums and Lobelia.

  • Full sun to full shade.
  • Water when top 2" are dry.
  • Grows 10-14" tall and wide.
Fuchsia 'Autumnale'

Fuchsia 'Autumnale' - Spiller

It is the foliage of this fuchsia that really grabs your attention: bright golden leaves overlaid with orange/pink veins. Single pink and purple flowers attract hummingbirds all summer. Its trailing habit makes it perfect for hanging baskets.

  • Full to part shade.
  • Keep evenly moist.
  • Fertilize 1-2 times per month.
  • Use three plants for a 14" basket.
  • Grows 8-10" tall 16" wide.
Ipomoea 'Marguarita'

Ipomea ‘Margarita’ - Spiller

Noting can beat this classic chartreuse spiller. It thrives in full sun to full shade creating lush cascades with tropical notes. Combines well with elephant’s ear, Coleus, Abutilon or Iochroma.

  • Full to part shade.
  • Moderate water needs.
  • Fertilize at least once a month.
  • Grows 6-10” tall, trailing 18-24”.
Impatiens Painted Paradise

Impatiens 'Painted Paradise' - Thriller or Filler

This series of New Guinea Impatiens sport bright variegated leaves in shades of gold and green with orange highlights. Large flowers come in shades of white, orange, red and pink. This fusion of foliage and flower create a dramatic tropical look for shady areas. Painted Paradise Impatiens blend well with Coleus, Creeping Jenny and Lamium.

  • Full to part shade.
  • Moderate water needs.
  • Fertilize at least once a month.
  • Grows 8-12" tall 12" wide.

Oxalis vulcanicola ‘Copper Glow’ - Filler/Spiller

Copper and gold miniature shamrock leaves are complimented by starry yellow flowers all summer. This dainty looking plant can grow in full sun to part shade indoors or out! A great combination with sunpatiens, Nemesia, and bacopa.

  • Cold hardy to 20-25° F.
  • Grows 7-8” tall 12” wide.
  • Great in containers or the front of shady borders.
  Talinum 'Limone'

Talinum 'Limone': Jewels of Opar - Filler

This gold-foliaged form of Talinum offers a unique succulent look for the shade garden. When the season heats up, the chartreuse rosettes are topped with numerous sprays of tiny magenta, jewel-like berries. They especially make an impact lining borders or in mass plantings and they may reseed for next year too! Combines well with succulents in the sun and Impatiens in the shade.

  • Full sun to part shade.
  • Minimal to moderate water needs.
  • Fertilize at planting time.
  • Grows 15-18" tall 18-24" wide.
Torenia, Moon or Summer

Torenia, Moon or Summer Wave series - Spiller

Finally more choices for flowering spillers for shade containers! The newer trailing Torenias offer lovely two-toned, open-mouthed flowers in shades of blue, purple, pink white and yellow. They love the summer heat and combine well with Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', Bacopa, Geraniums and much more.

  • Part shade to shade.
  • Moderate water needs.
  • Fertilize once or twice a month.
  • Grows 8-10" tall 10-12" wide.

Add Spring color to your garden with Annuals

Annuals are planted every year and provide color summer till frost. Many annuals can be wintered over indoors or reseed outdoors providing extra value to their flower power!