Year-round Begonias for shade

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Florida Gardener, May 14, 2011.

  1. Yo

    I need some other suggestions besides Begonia odorata 'alba' for a shaded area that will be year round with red flowers.....

    I will use the alba, but need more color....

    OR

    other shade tolerant flowering plants
     
  2. Need a vine that can climb a banyan for shade that wont be too aggresive with too much maintenance....NEEDS FLOWERS!
     
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Impatients

    Wedelia

    Beach Sun Flower

    Peace Lilly

    Dwarf Ruellia

    Bromeliads


    Shade and Flowers just don't mix.

    You might try varying texture and shades of green color.
     
  4. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    coleus is a good way to get some color in the shade BUT its an annual so it wont fit your needs.
     
  5. Ric not quite sure beach sunflower works in shade....although it is a great plant.
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  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Chris

    The very name gave it away as a full sun plant, but I had to see if you were paying attention.

    Croton and Earth Star has some varigated leaves for year round color

    False Heather
     
  7. I have actually seem wodelia do great in shade.
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  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Chris

    It is spelled Wedelia and I already listed it.
     
  9. Thanks teach, I know that I was just saying that as an FYI to your listing.
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  10. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
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    Consider 'Mona Lavender' as an option with much color and few maintenance requirements. In flower beds with filtered sunlight it works extremely well as a background for Sweet Potato Vine (chartreuse).

    Another similar combination would be 'Persian Shield' with the same ornamental vine. Here's an example of the contrast:



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    Agapanthus also does well in partial shade. Tight massing is recommended for impact.

    Being in S. FL. you should also look into heliconias and bromedias. There's a huge selection within those two genus.

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