Shade-Tolerant Flower Seeds
by Diane Linsley
What are the best flower seeds for shade?
There are plenty of sun lovers, but shade-tolerant flowers are rare. Your local nursery will probably recommend hostas and ferns. But what about flowers?
Most shade-tolerant flowers actually prefer part shade. Very few plants can survive in full shade. A few hours of morning sun is ideal. Sunlight filtering through the leaves of deciduous trees is fine.
Other factors to consider are soil quality and water. Most shade-tolerant flowers enjoy rich, moist soil. Only a few will survive in poor, dry soil. You may have to experiment to see which plants will work in your garden. Here's a list of the best shade-tolerant flowers from seed.
Shade-Tolerant Annual Flowers
Blue Woodruff -- Easy-to-grow annual that tolerates full sun to full shade. Nemophila maculata -- Self-sowing, annual bulb cover that tolerates shade. Easy to grow from seed. Phlox drummondii -- Pink, red, rose, magenta, white and bicolor flowers. Easy to grow from seed.
Shade-Tolerant Perennial Flowers
Allium cernuum -- Nodding clusters of purplish-pink flowers for part shade. Aubrieta deltoidea -- Spreading mounds of purple flowers in spring. Easy to grow from seed. Campanula americana -- Very tall stems of violet-blue flowers. Native perennial for full shade to part sun. Centranthus ruber -- Long-blooming perennial with reddish-pink flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Easy to grow from seed. Lunaria annua -- Fragrant, purple flowers followed by ornamental seed pods. Ruta graveolens -- Blue-green foliage and greenish-yellow flowers for shade.
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