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
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.
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
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
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
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
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??
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.
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.
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
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