List of Flowering Plants for Shade

Updated November 21, 2016

Knowing a plant's light requirements is one of the most important factors to be aware of before you plant it. Some plants need full sun to thrive, while others do best in the shade. A shady spot in your garden doesn't mean it has to be devoid of blooms. Plenty of flowers grow best in the shade. Shade-loving flowering plants can also work well in containers on a shady porch, patio or balcony.


Impatiens are easy-to-grow annuals that add colour to any shady part of your landscape. Impatiens produce masses of small, bright flowers in shades of pink, red, white and yellow. Their centres are small and yellow. Impatiens work well in flower beds or containers. They grow best in partial to full shade and need moist, well-drained soil.

Wishbone Flower

This annual, which is native to Asia, is also known as the bluewings flower. Wishbone flowers are large plants and grow about a foot tall and wide. They produce blue-purple, tubular flowers that are about 1-1/2 inch long and an inch wide. The flowers have yellow spots on their throats. These flowers can withstand partial to full shade and should be planted in moist, rich soil. Wishbone flowers grow best when grown in groups in flower beds and on borders.

Columbine Pansy

The Columbine pansy is a perennial that grows well in partial to full shade. They produce flowers that look like white flowers that have been splashed in lavender paint. These flowers also have yellow centres. Plant columbine pansies in flower beds and in moist, well-drained soil.

Orange Coneflower

Orange coneflowers are perennial flowers that can grow about 30 inches tall and 30 inches wide. They produce orange flowers with brown centres that resemble sunflowers. These flowers are good options for flower beds that receive both full sun and shade because they can handle both. Orange coneflowers can also handle many different types of soil.


These flowers tolerate full shade as well as full sun. Begonias produce round, velvety leaves and frilly flowers in shades of pink, red or white. The blooms have yellow centres. Plant begonias in moist, well-drained soil. Begonias can also be used as houseplants.

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