7 Full-Shade Annuals That Will Flourish Without Direct Sun

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Impatiens

Impediens, which come in almost every hue, are possibly the most popular and dependable annuals for shade. "Impatiens practically cover themselves in flowers; they are incredibly floriferous," says Costa Farms horticulture Justin Hancock. 

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Wishbone Flower

The wishbone flower (Torenia) is an underappreciated beauty that displays charming small blossoms in hues of blue, purple, white, and yellow. While the majority of variations grow in mounds, you may also grow trailing varieties in hanging baskets.

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Browallia

The browallia, or Browallia speciosa, is a beautiful plant that belongs to the tomato family. It has gorgeous star-shaped violet, blue, or white blooms that bloom all summer long. This annual prefers afternoon shadow and morning sunlight.

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Coleus

Beautifully variegated foliage makes Coleus (Coleus scutellarioides) a fantastic addition to garden beds. "It’s also one of the tallest annuals for shade, so coleus gives you both color and structure in your garden, landscape, or container gardens.

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Wax Begonia

Begonia semperflorens-cultorum, a hybrid begonia, is a favorite since it requires little care. Hancock notes that the plant boasts thick, nearly rubbery foliage in colors of green and bronze, embellished with sprays of pink, white, or red flowers.

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Rex Begonia

Instead of striking flowers, Rex begonias (Begonia rex) hybrids have vibrant, textured foliage. "There’s a wide range of colors from which to choose, from rich reds (Red Kiss is a favorite, for example) to silver (such as Fedor) to pink and purple.

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Tuberous Begonia

The majority of tuberous begonia (Begonia tuberhybrida) cultivars are grown for their big, double, rose-like blooms, which come in a variety of hues. "Some varieties are delightfully fragrant, providing both beauty and scent to the garden.