20 colorful plants for shade gardens

Plant some of these beauties for great garden color, even in shade

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pink impatiens


Of all the impatiens out there, in a dizzying array of color choices, we’re partial to the New Guinea hybrids for their large leaves and 3-inch-wide flowers of pink, lavender, purple, red, and more. The vibrant orange-flowered New Guineas are positively sizzling in chocolate-brown containers.

To edge shaded borders, go for the low- growing Busy Lizzie impatiens, which cover themselves in 2-inch-wide, five-petaled flowers in nearly every color but blue.

Perennial in zones 14, 24; H1, H2; annual elsewhere.


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