Gardening Basics For Dummies, 3rd Edition
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Don't fret if your garden gets more shade than sun; plenty of plants thrive in the shade. This chart names annuals and perennials that do well in the shade, so keep this list handy and you can decide which plants you want for your shady garden oasis.

Annuals Perennials
Wax begonia (Begonia semperflorens-cultorum) Bear's breech (Acanthus mollis)
Amethyst flower (Browallia) Beebalm (Monarda didyma)
Canterbury bells (Campanula medium) Bellflower (Campanula portenschlagiana)
Coleus (Coleus spp.) Bergenia (Bergenia crassifolia)
Impatiens Impatiens spp.) Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
Lobelia (Lobelia ssp.) Columbine (Aquilegia)
Monkey flower (Mimulus hybridus) False spirea (Astilbe)
Forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) Globeflower (Trollius)
Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata) Hosta (Hosta)3
Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) Lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens) Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) Meadow-rue (Thalictrum)
Wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri) Siberian iris (Iris sibirica)

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Steven A. Frowine is a noted professional horticulturist and a longtime avid gardener and communicator. The National Gardening Association is the leading garden-based educational nonprofit organization in the United States, providing resources at garden.org and kidsgardening.org.

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