Bedding plants for shaded areas


Best bedding plants for shaded areas

When buying plants look for info like: Planting Position Full sun to partial shade - this indicates where the plants will be ok growing.
Need to know what bedding plants you can have growing in a shady corner of your garden?

If it says: Planting Position Full Sun - then it's not going to do well in shade.

The vast majority of bedding plants are listed as being ok for partial shade. Some will do better than others though.

Foliage bedding plants are usually very happy in shaded areas. Hostas are great, although you will need to watch for slug damage on young plants.

Hostas are great in shade

Begonias are happy in shaded areas too, again they like the sun though.

Fuschias will also tolerate shade reasonably well.

Here's the list of bedding plants and their prefered planting position:

Bedding plant Planting position
Alyssum Full sun to partial shade
Antirrhinum Full sun to partial shade
Argyranthemum Full sun to partial shade

Aster

Full sun to partial shade
Bacopa Full sun to partial shade
Begonia Full sun to partial shade
Bellis Full sun to partial shade
Bracteantha Full sun
Calceolaria Full sun to partial shade
Carnation Full sun to partial shade
Celosia Full sun to partial shade
Chrysanthemum Full sun to partial shade
Cineraria Full sun to partial shade
Coleus Full sun to partial shade
Cosmos Full sun to partial shade
Cyclamen Full sun to partial shade
Dahlia Full sun to partial shade
Dianthus Full sun to partial shade
Fuchsia Full sun to partial shade
Gazania Full sun
Geraniums Full sun to partial shade
Gerbera Full sun to partial shade
Impatiens Full sun to partial shade
Lobelia Full sun to partial shade
Marigold Full sun
Mimulus Full sun to partial shade
Nasturtium Full sun to partial shade
Nicotiana Full sun to partial shade
Osteospermum Full sun to partial shade
Pansy Full sun to partial shade
Petunia Full sun to partial shade
Phlox Full sun to partial shade
Polyanthus Full sun to partial shade
Portulaca Full sun
Primrose Full sun to partial shade
Primula Full sun to partial shade
Ranunculus Full sun to partial shade
Salpiglossis Full sun to partial shade
Salvia Full sun to partial shade
Scaevola Full sun to partial shade
Senetti Full sun to partial shade
Stock Full sun to partial shade
Sweet Peas Full sun to partial shade
Sweet William Full sun to partial shade
Thunbergia Full sun to partial shade
Torenia Full sun to partial shade
Verbena Full sun to partial shade
Viola Full sun to partial shade
Wallflower Full sun to partial shade
Zinnia Full sun

Always check the particular instructions for each particular type of plant as it is possible that some may be different.

 

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Polyanthus and Primula are happy in shade under trees. Primroses grow quite happily in the wild under trees!

Out of all the bedding plants probably the humble Busy Lizzie (Impatiens) comes top for flowering well in shade. They also like being in full sun so are an ideal bedding plant for all around your garden.

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