Annuals that will tolerate Shade
Most garden plants need some sort of sunlight, whether it is just filtered, early or late afternoon. Keep in mind that total shade will prevent your plants from growing properly, may have a tendency to stay too moist. Be cautious not to overwater plants in these conditions.
Also known as Clown Flower (probably because they look silly with their mouths wide open) can grow in light sun or shade. Beautiful flowers in a wide assortment of colors. Good as mass plantings or as accompanying plants with those with larger blooms. Keep soil fairly moist, feed often through growing season. Plant after frost.
Pretty shades of white to purple, Lobelia is an attractive fill-in flower. Small fan shaped blooms on delicate stems. In full sun, leaves turn red and plant stays dwarfed, in shade, it will flow outward, bright green leaves. Watering at the right time is the key to success, and light regular feeding.
Browallia grow about 10" tall and 10" wide. They are nice in a mass grouping or mixed with planter boxes. Can take mild morning or afternoon sun. Feed moderately throughout the growing season. Water when dry
Impatiens Waleriana are a staple when it comes to shade gardening. Keep the soil damp for best results. Feed often during growing season.
Orchids aren't an annual, but they will grow nicely in a pot in the shade on your porch. They'll enjoy some fresh humid air and the rain water now and then. Bring them indoors as a houseplant in late summer.
Primrose are an early bloomer, and prefer cool weather. Some varieties will bloom again, some are short seasonal. They're on of the first blooming plants we carry in the spring. Keep soil moist.
Fuchsia are excellent flowers for a shaded porch. Their graceful blooms hang at the ends of long stems. Available in upright or hanging varieties, many colors. They like to be kept cool and damp.
Begonias will grow in a shaded environment, but not total shade. The more variegated the leaves are, the more light they should have. Do not overwater begonias, and make sure they have adequate air ventilation. In the shade, it's best not to water them at night. Feed regularly throughout the growing season. Can be grown indoors through the winter with minor leaf and bloom drop. Keep long stems pinched to promote fuller growth.
Coleus come in many colors. Since they are mainly grown for the foliage, discourage them from blooming by pinching off the flower stalks that form in summer. the blooms put unneeded stress on the plant. Feed often through the summer season. Avoid cold nights. Can be grown indoors as a houseplant for up to 3 years.