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Northeast Gardening: annuals in partial shade

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jimbo001
Boston, MA

August 11, 2012
6:01 AM

Post #9237560

Tough order i know. I want to branch out from begonias and impatiens. I have had some good advice on nicotiana from folks on here. Is there anything else I might try? Would like to start from seeds indoors under lights. Thanks for help

ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 11, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9237569

I think torenia does well in the shade, so do upright fuchsias...

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 13, 2012
3:08 AM

Post #9239645

Colues, and geraniums

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2012
5:40 AM

Post #9239717

I have had luck with fischias and torenia.
Torenia likes a bit more sun than just part sun or full shade.Zone 6a here.
I plant caladiums and use them as annuals

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

August 13, 2012
1:12 PM

Post #9240261

Coleus and caladiums for sure...snapdragons, balsam, lobelia, nasturtium, pansies, calendula, ageratum, alyssum. All have worked well for me on my shaded patio and other than the caladiums all are easy from seeds.
jimbo001
Boston, MA

August 24, 2012
12:09 PM

Post #9252295

thanks - forgot to mention the coleus and caladiums which do very well of course - snapdragon did not - so i just may not have enough sun - but definitely lobelia and balsam

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 25, 2012
1:24 AM

Post #9252887

We had lobelia in baskets.It stopped blooming in the heat of July but it is coming back really well.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
3:31 AM

Post #9252917

torenia does great in the shade here.. have to start them early to be a good size by planting out time.. they are slow to start.. for a nice house plant .. or cutting grown I am in love with plectranthus .. I over wintered cuttings and they all grew wonderfully

pixie62560

pixie62560
South China, ME
(Zone 5a)

August 25, 2012
3:41 AM

Post #9252923

Good to know about the plectranthus...same as the coleus?
I'm in agreement with the Torenia...love it!

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
4:04 AM

Post #9252933

now you know this is not easy for me to say.. but I think I like the plectranthus better than coleus.. had no bug issues.. even if a piece got floppy... it still filled out nicely in the container in back.. will take some pics when the sun comes up a bit more

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
4:54 AM

Post #9252951

so much for no bug issues.. the one container in front is full of mealy bugs.. UGH!!!

granted some of these are in pretty sunny spots.. like the first one.. Plectranthus parviflorus 'Sapphire Dream'
2nd - is mona lavender - looks like it might have rust or sunburned ???. but it was floppy when I planted it out.. look how nice it filled in
3rd - other side of that container
4th - don't count out the polka dot plant for part shade.. this one gets almost no sun
5th container with the plectranthus ciliatus with mealy bugs

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
4:58 AM

Post #9252953

have to say sorry for the Hope fence.. 1st is another mona lavender - best one I had.. grew perfectly straight
2nd - is a NOID .. and I can't find out from the grower which it is.. they had it ID'ed wrong.. wish the fence wasn't there it's much nicer in person
3rd - caladiums
4th - EE's and the rest of the bunch - that fuschia in the hanging basket.. I bought it potted up already.. terrible soil in the container it didn't fare well.. and I think my front is too sunny for it now without the tree there.. live & learn

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
4:59 AM

Post #9252954

will post the photos of my posts .. just because

;)

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
5:05 AM

Post #9252958

oops forgot one... sorry I should have moved the container with the dead begonia in it.. it just withered away.. if you guys remember that huge pot I bought this spring.. it just shriveled up and died.. virus??

???

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luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
5:08 AM

Post #9252960

Everything looks great Allison but I'm still cringing at your coleus statement!! LOL

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
5:12 AM

Post #9252961

I know I know.. but I do think I like them better

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
5:15 AM

Post #9252965

and one reason is.. the hummers like the flowers on the plectranthus... double good!!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 25, 2012
6:01 AM

Post #9252989

Plectranthus is a unstoppable plant here.DD gleened a cutting from a resturant years ago.We have rooted cuttings all winter and no matter how spindly it looks when it goes out in May.It just bulges.

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ROBINDOG

ROBINDOG
Thomaston, CT

August 25, 2012
6:35 AM

Post #9253014

It all looks wonderful...Jo, I'll see you Monday...leaving in a few min.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

August 25, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9253053

Sweet potato vine is also great (ipomoea batatas).

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

August 26, 2012
4:55 AM

Post #9253986

I see a lot of outdoor containers in partial shade in my work travels. I know you said you wanted to get away from begonias, but there is a very pretty one that has fuchsia-like flowers. They are a little tougher than actual fuchsia. also, double impatiens and variegated ones. The coleus can be impressive when you keep them well watered.
Martha
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2012
5:38 AM

Post #9254066

Caladiums are just so beautiful and make all of us look like we're really experts at growing them but it's all in the size of the tubers.

This photo was taken at 11 AM and you can see the sun has disappeared already on the left side of the shot. All caladiums do fine in shade. There are those that can "tolerate" sun but it's definitely a shade loving plant.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 27, 2012
3:27 AM

Post #9255013

Martha do you mean begonia bonfire.. if so.. they are one of my favorites!!.. and I finally saw a hummer eating from them the other day.. I wasn't sure if they were nectar plants or not.. but he was going to town on them

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2012
3:30 AM

Post #9255014

I am definatly getting that next year.I used it this year on a design job for a friend.I chose Cupeah ( cigar plant) for myself but Karens begonia is far better.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

August 27, 2012
3:32 AM

Post #9255017

can always take a cutting JoAnn.. it roots pretty good.. just takes a while to get moving

gardenmart

gardenmart
Saugus, MA
(Zone 6b)

August 31, 2012
4:55 AM

Post #9260151

I don't know the variety name, just that they always fool me when I see them from a distance and can't tell it's a begonia till I am up close.
Martha
jimbo001
Boston, MA

September 5, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9265595

Man!! ... I really started something here... great to see all the posts with such good information and pictures .. definitely going for something new in my shady patio .. can't wait 'til next year but as we know, gardeners must take the long view

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