The Best Flowers for a Garden That Doesn't Get Sun (with planting tips)
When it comes to planting flowers in the shade, it doesn’t get much better than impatiens! These flowers are unbeatable in creating bright landscapes without direct sunlight.
If you’ve had problems in the past with your impatiens dying, it was most likely due to a disease called Impatiens downy mildew. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about that anymore! Beacon Impatiens offers high resistance to Impatiens downy mildew for beautiful gardens all season long!
•PLANTING TIP: To create a seamless look, plants should be planted about 12 inches apart in your garden.
Looking for a foliage option, but still want bold, bright color? Look no further! Coleus is the perfect match! Garden centers now have varieties that have hot pink bursts or bright lime edges or all-over burgundy-red color! Coleus does well in a planter by itself, in mixed combos, and in the landscape.
•PLANTING TIP: Growing coleus from established plants from the garden center is a great planting activity to do with children! They are strong plants that hold up well in the shade.
Did you know there are different types of begonias? Our favorite variety is MegaWatt. Striking, non-stop flowers keep plants covered in huge color from Spring through Fall… even in heat and drought!
•PLANTING TIP: Avoid overwatering, and make sure you lift flowers and foliage before watering containers so that just the soil gets wet. (No overhead watering!)
Digitalis is a beautiful flower for adding color and height to your garden beds. With many shades to choose from (white, purple, peach, etc.), you can mix and match to find just the right look for your garden. An extra bonus is that they attract hummingbirds with their nectar!
•PLANTING TIP: Depending on the variety you choose, digitalis can get very tall. Staking may be required for the taller plants. A popular variety called Dalmation is easy to care for and only grows to a height of about 2 feet.