Gardening recommendations from DU’s horticulturalists

Annuals for shade and part sun

Wax begonias are available with green, variegated or bronze-colored leaves and white, rose, pink or red blossoms. They grow to a height of 6–12 inches and are great as a mass planting.   

Torenia offers the garden purple, pink and white snapdragon-like flowers. This annual looks especially good draping over planter boxes.

Impatiens walleriana

Coleuses have sensational colored foliage that comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. They provide great color for dark, drab corners. 

Impatiens provide great colorful blooms to a shade garden. Few annuals that grow in shade provide the intensity of color that impatiens offer. They grow 10–16 inches tall and about 10–15 inches wide.  

Oxalis, a low-growing annual that produces lush mounds of shamrock-shaped leaves, beautify the garden with delicately small flowers. They are great for borders, rock gardens and containers. 

Browallia are also known as sapphire flowers because of their vibrant blue star-shaped blooms, which contrast dramatically with their bright green foliage. They grow into a tidy mound 12–16 inches high. 

Fucshia delights with pendulous flowers that come in a variety of colors, from soft pink and white to magenta and purple. The flowers consist of either single or double blooms.  


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