Answer: Although the choices in annuals for shade are much more limited that annuals for sun, there are annuals that will grow in part shade (four to six hours of sun) or shade (less than four hours of sun).
The choices of shade annuals increase when you consider plants grown for their foliage instead of their flowers. Foliage annuals for part shade or shade include:
Polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)
Elephant ears (Caladium bicolor)
Joseph’s coat (Alternanthera ficoidea)
Read about growing annuals.
See more annuals for specific situations.
Make the most of your shade garden with Horticulture‘s CD Gardening in the Shade.
Plan your planting with this trio of Garden Wheels: Shade, Annual and Perennial.