In certain landscapes, some spots only get direct sun in the mornings. These afternoon shade/morning sun locations need a plant that was specifically meant for those conditions. Plants that only thrive in morning sun will quickly wither in direct afternoon sun.
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
The plant known as "Yesterday today and tomorrow" (Brunfelsia pauciflora), is from the nightshade family. It is an evergreen shrub good for containers. It will get 3 to 8 feet tall and 2 to 5 feet wide. Leaves are leathery and 3 to 6 inches long. Flowers start purple, and then gently go to white. Blooms are 2 inches wide and in clusters. Grow in morning sun and afternoon shade with regular watering. Propagate via spring or summer tip cuttings.
Firespike (Odontonema strictum) is from the acanthus family. It is an evergreen perennial shrub that is easy-growing and good for containers. It will attract both hummingbirds and butterflies. The shrub gets 6 feet tall with 4- to 6-inch, shiny, dark green leaves. 9- to 12-inch spikes of tubular red flowers come in summer to winter. Grow in full sun or partial shade, with morning sun. Soil should be moist and well drained. Propagate via softwood cuttings.
Bear’s breech (Acanthus mollis) is from the acanthus family. It is a perennial that gets 5 feet tall with 3-foot-long leaves. Flowers are white, pink or purple on stalks. Grow bear’s breech in average soils in full sun to partial shade; it needs morning sun only. Soils should be moist and well drained. Propagate via root cuttings in spring or by seed.
Japanese Sweet Flag
Japanese sweet flag (Acorus gramineus) is from the arum family. It is a wetland grass that is good for containers. The narrow leaves are 6 to 14 inches and glossy. Flowers are horn shaped and barely noticeable. Grow in full sun or partial shade with morning sun only. Soils should be moist. Propagate via spring rhizome division.
Carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) is from the mint family. It is a fast-growing perennial good for shady spots. It will get 6 to 10 inches tall. Leaves are whorled, dark green, and 3 to 5 inches long. Flowers are half inch, on spikes 6 to 10 inches tall. Colors are dependent on cultivar. Grow in any soil in shady spots. It can get morning sun only. Soil should be moist and well drained. Propagate via stolon separating, cuttings in summer, or by seed
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