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LiveLaughLovePA
Dallastown, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 14, 2010
3:35 PM

Post #7705896

I have a covered, wrap-around porch that faces the west. It doesn't really start to get any sun on the porch until about 3, maybe 4 o'clock in the afternoon. I know that impatiens do well in the shade, but if you look at my porch you'll see that I have a lot of space I'd like to fill and impatiens may start to look a tad repetitive ;)

Any ideas on other potted annuals to put out? I'd love your suggestions... Thanks!!!

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ladygardener1
Near Lake Erie, NW, PA
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2010
4:26 PM

Post #7705982

Why not some coleus, they come in so many different colors, leaf shapes and sizes. They would make a big color splash.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2010
2:23 AM

Post #7706729

I would suggest coleus also,many can tolerate sun.
shebs45
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 15, 2010
12:35 PM

Post #7707953

Torenia http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/249/ and wax begonias http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/209/ do well in containers in partial shade. .
nedweenie
Windsor, CT
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2010
2:00 PM

Post #7710742

Fuchsia! Gartenmeister or Billy Green should be good. Or an "upright" type. You can let fuchsias go dormant in an unheated garage in zone 6, water them ocassionally, and they wake up in the spring. I do it every year.

Nemesia would also probably work. Or diascia.

You could also try Black & Blue salvia for something big & dramatic, I've seen it do ok in partial shade in pots.
LiveLaughLovePA
Dallastown, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2010
3:12 PM

Post #7710973

Thank you so much! You guys ROCK!!! I love Dave's Garden :)
Chocolatemoose
North Pole, AK
(Zone 1)

April 16, 2010
3:35 PM

Post #7711027

A previous post I made with suggestions:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=7563162
LiveLaughLovePA
Dallastown, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 16, 2010
4:07 PM

Post #7711101

Thanks, Chocolatemoose! I had no idea that Clematis was shade tolerant :)
Chocolatemoose
North Pole, AK
(Zone 1)

April 16, 2010
5:32 PM

Post #7711311

I have some in a shade bed that gets late afternoon sun and they do fine...and, You're welcome!

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