There is always that spot under the trees, beside tall buildings or just in corners of the property that rarely see sun, but still ache for a burst of color and texture from a garden. For these spots, you’ll want a shade plant. Shade plants thrive without receiving direct sun. For flowering shade plants, there are many varieties that could work. Choices for shade-loving flowering plants include impatiens, blue stars, primrose or leopard plant.
Impatiens, or Impatiens wallerana, is from the balsaminaceae, or balsam family. They can be an evergreen perennial or an annual depending on climate. They are good for beginners, good for container gardening and will attract hummingbirds. Most are 8 to 24 inches tall with colors in the blue, red, orange, pink and white range. Bicolored and variegated varieties exist. They require moist, fertile soil, part shade or mostly shade conditions, and can be propagated via seed or by cuttings.
Blue Stars, or Aristae ecklonii, is from the iridaceae, or iris family. It is an evergreen perennial that is good for a container garden. This is a nice choice for a ground cover or as a shady location mass planting. It has grass like leaves, 15 to 18 inches tall, with flowers in spring and summer that are saucer-shaped and blue. It needs light shade, well-drained soil and will be propagated via seed or by clump division.
Primrose, or Primula vulgaris, is from the primulaceae, or primrose family. It can be an annual or perennial, and is good for a container garden. Leaves are up to 10 inches long, toothed or scalloped in appearance. Tubular flowers, mostly yellow, are on 6-inch stalks in clusters. Flowers are an inch wide. It prefers partial shade and a moist retentive rich soil. Propagate via seed, division or stem cuttings.
Leopard plant, or Farfugium japonicum, is from the asteraceae/compositae, or aster/daisy family. It is a perennial, evergreen and good in a container. It has shiny leatherlike leaves up to 4 to 10 inches wide. It will reach 2 feet tall. Flowers are yellow daisy looking flowers, 1 to 2 inches wide, and in loose clusters. It requires partial shade and well-drained moist soil. It can be propagated via root clump division in the spring season.
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