Partial Shade Flowering Plants

An individual plant's tolerance or intolerance of light conditions is an important factor to consider when choosing plants for the home garden. Many plants that are commonly grown in full sunlight will tolerate shade, but will produce less or even no flowers if grown in shade. When cultivating plants in a partial shade location, it's important to grow plants that are flowering even in shade.

Crepe Jasmine

Crepe jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata) is a lush tropical shrub native to the tropics of India. The fast-growing plant quickly reaches a height of about 6 feet, sporting glossy green foliage and deeply fragrant, waxy white blooms. The evergreen plant is sensitive to cold temperatures, and should only be cultivated in USDA zones 9 to 11. Crepe jasmine does very well in partial shade, and the low maintenance plant isn't picky about soil as long as it's well-drained. Crepe jasmine should be watered as needed. Fertilize the dense shrub on a regular basis during the growing season to keep the plant looking healthy, and prune occasionally if a more manicured look is desired.


A member of the violet family, pansies (Viola x Wittrockiana) are flowering garden hybrids that hail from parent species of violets in Europe and Asia. Most commonly grown as annuals, pansies are a common sight in flower beds and containers. Pansies boast wide, friendly flowers in a vast range of colors, including stripes and patterns. The low-growing plants are best cultivated in partial shade in USDA zones 7 to 10. Pansies are largely pest free and the plants require little care once established. Though not particular about soil, a little organic matter is helpful for plants in especially sandy soils. Pansies should be watered frequently and fertilized at least once during the spring.

Swamp Azalea

Swamp azalea (Rhododendron viscosum) is a flowering shrub native to North America. The plant sports dense, dark green foliage and large showy flowers in pink and white shades. The spring blooming plant is popular for its ability to attract butterflies to the yard and for its high tolerance of wet, waterlogged soils. Ideal for a location near a pond, swamp azalea can be cultivated in partial sunlight or even shade in USDA zones 4B to 8B. Like other azalea species, swamp azalea thrives in a well-drained, acidic soil. Be sure to give this plant plenty of water and fertilize the lush shrub during the growing season.

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