What are the best annuals for partial shade?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Edgewater, May 16, 2005.

  1. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    I have to plant annuals at an codo complexe. The two building face each other. One side always does real well and the other is poor due to shade. They don't mind different plants on each side,

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Posts: 866

    Edge,
    Depending on what color/height/fill you are after and what you have available from local nursersies at a reasonable cost, impatiens and begonias offer good color and will be happy in the shade. Just keep an eye out for snails on both!
     
  3. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 530

    Hi, plain old impatients are great in the shade ,just fertilize them after planting, for a season of beauty [ we mix in white w/other colors to bring out the color in heavy shaded areas] :)
     
  4. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    Thanks,

    I have been using impatients but they were not great, I will try putting in some fertilizer.
     
  5. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Posts: 866

    Remember that with flowers, you need to choose your fertilizer wisely. You cannot dump in the same fert you use on your turf! N rates too high and will send you into gangly, stringy plants. Choose a slow release fert with a good percentage of phosphorus(mid # in N-P-K ratio) to boost your bloom size and quantity. Assuming that you prepped the beds well, this ought to get the impatiens looking like you'd hope.
     

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