20 colorful plants for shade gardens

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

chocolate drop coleus

Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)

This perennial's brilliantly colored leaves range from ruby red and yellow to pink, orange, and blends. But for a lightly shaded patio, we’re partial to lime green hues like ‘Dappled Apple’, sunny yellow ‘Lemon Twist’, or brown and lime ‘Chocolate Drop’.

Either one would look refreshing in an apple green glazed pot; they’re so striking, they can hold their own! Pinch the tips to encourage vigorous growth.

Zones 24; H1, H2; or anywhere as an annual; or indoors.

More: Coleus in the Sunset Plant Finder


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