Blogosphere hivemind: any suggestions for shade- and excessive-heat tolerant flowers?
Our back deck doesn’t get much direct sun, but at least I have space to plant stuff.


  1. Brian D says:

    Annual or perennial? How often can you commit to watering them?

  2. Luther says:

    Jimbo, nice to see you back in town. Coleus is great in shade and Impatiens also, coleus has many shades of leaf color and flower is insignificant so pinch off. Impatiens come in a large number of colors and spread well. Both are good for pots. Later, Luther

  3. mark says:


  4. mark says:

    Oh, and Moon Flower.

  5. Blobby says:

    I’d say ‘petunia’, but then I remembered that’s just what I call Brett.

  6. Michael Lehet says:

    Hostas are good in the shade.

  7. jimbo says:

    I think moon flowers and impatients are in order. There is some stuff back there that may appear, so I’m going to hold out until things sprout. I do plan on watering often.

    I would say Brett is a precious petunia, but I think he’s more of a vegetable.

  8. Mari says:

    Mint. Makes a good tea and mojitos. DO NOT plant it in the ground, like I did. It is a weed.
    Alpine strawberry tolerates heat and in spring gives you tiny strawberries.
    Impatiens also work.

  9. brettcajun says:

    I view myself more as a THORN cuz Petunias sound really gay.

  10. NIFP says:

    Hostas? Pretty foliage. Many varieties to choose from. The Borg Queen sent me this info via the hivemind.

  11. NIFP says:

    And I think a varietal of geranium does well in those conditions. It might be called Big Root. You know, you could play coy at the garden center with the right guy and maybe get to know a lot about both plants and the guy. I always end up with the helpful straight lady, tho. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  12. Blobby says:

    Petunia IS really gay, that’s why we thought of you. You’re kind of a thorn, bc you’re kind of a prick. :)

  13. John B. says:

    Petunias and geraniums want sun. Coleus might work, although most of the newer ones want more sun that you think so make sure you get a shade-loving variety. Caladiums make a big impact and most will do well in bright shade. Let’s see if this link works…

    Finally, just ask around at the garden centers. Ginkgo Gardens, Johnson’s, American Plant all have very friendly & knowledgeable staff (no I don’t work for any of them!)

  14. Jack says:

    Watch out for impatiens: there’s a new blight that is ruining them in this area. Last year the greenhouse growers largely abandoned them. Only chance may be if you’re willing to start them from seed.

  15. sterling says:

    Spearmint, rosemary and a few other herbs.

  16. RB says:

    Mandevilla. Give it something to climb on.

  17. Pittsburgh John says:

    Impatiens require constant watering.

    Here are a few perennial suggestions that will provide interesting foliage as well as some blooms.

    Geraniums, Celandine Poppy, Hostas, Lamium, Turf Lily, Ornamental ajugas, Heucheras and Heucherellas, Hellebores, Tricyrtis (Toad lily)

    Depending on the amount of sunlight, dayliles and hardy Fushsia Magellanica, Monarda (Bee Balm)

    Ferns are always beautiful.