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Shade Tolerant Plants

Plants for shady sites. These are plants that are either tolerant of shade ranging to those that thrive in shady conditions and may sulk in the heat and intensity of summer sun. Most of these will tolerate a short period of cool sunlight for an hour or two very early in the day or in the very late evening as well as filtered shade (as an amateur photographer I think of the period when light is in the warm yellow tones) and we try to denote that in our descriptions and under the 'Outdoor Light' heading. Sunlight intensity in the northern hemisphere is lower at more northerly latitudes than those that are at more southerly latitudes and are closer to the equator. For example, the French or Mophead Hydrangea generally prefers lower intensity light levels but still need enough sunlight to set buds and flower well. In the north they can be grown as full sun plants whereas in the southern portion of the US they will do best where they receive shade during the hottest portion of the day like on the east side of a structure. Otherwise, even if the soil is moist they are unable to pull moisture up from the root zone through transpiration fast enough to keep the foliage turgid (non-wilting) but are typically soon back to their old self once the light intensity drops enough for them to catch back up.

 

Under the Sea™ Red Snapper Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Red Snapper', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

New in 2020! Talk about POP! The intensely colored, large, tropical-looking, frilly scallop edged, ruffled foliage is centered by a dark velvety quilted heart in shades of eggplant, dark maroon, burgundy, and purple with lighter veining and is surrounded by a broad band of starkly contrasting, glowing magenta with fine veins of hot fuchsia. Under the Sea™ Red Snapper Coleus is a traffic stopping, head turning addition to containers as a thriller or filler and as specimen plant, as well as in the garden and landscape for color from spring to frost. This is a mound forming coleus growing to about 12-18"H x 18-24"W.  Coleus prefer moist to average moist, fertile soils with average or better drainage. Item# 12513

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 12-18"H x 18-24"W space about 10-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 18
US$7.99
Was: $9.99

Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Apricot Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Sea Monkey Apricot', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

The small, lacily edged, softly textured foliage is predominantly sunny yellow to near white at its heart aging to a light apricot with hints of pastel purple and is edged in a narrow band of bright green, purple, and or magenta. Foliage colors may range more into green and purple tones in shade. Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Apricot Coleus is a compact, densely branched, naturally rounded, mound forming, naturally evergreen tropical eventually building to about 10-12"H x 18-22"W. Perfectly sized for small containers, hanging baskets, small to medium sized window boxes or add it to the garden and landscape for continuous color from spring to frost. Rated a 4.8 in 2016 at the UGA Trial Gardens! Item# 12527

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 10-12"H x 20-22"W space about 4-6" apart
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade, Mostly sunny, Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 34
US$7.99
Was: $9.99

Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Purple Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Sea Monkey Purple', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

In rich Mardi colors, the fine-textured dainty foliage can be uniformly purple edged in a narrow contrasting band of bright green and with brilliant fuchsia to magenta hearts and midveins that turn to deep purple at the leaf stem or petiole all with a contrasting rich magenta reverse. The colors can also be randomly splashed across the entire leaf and may be more in the green and purple tones in shade. Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Purple is a dwarf upright to rounded, densely branched, fine-textured plant growing to about 5-7"H x 5-7" wide. Perfectly sized for smaller containers, smaller window boxes, on a windowsill or tabletop, in terrariums, or utilize it as a low growing spring to fall riot of color in the garden and landscape. The dwarf Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Coleus are generally recommended for part shade to shade, especially in hot summer climates. Rated a 4.9 in 2016 at the UGA Trial Gardens! Item# 12528

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 5-7"H x 6-8"W space about 4-6" apart
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade, Mostly sunny, Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 43
US$7.99
Was: $9.99

Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Rust Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Sea Monkey Rust', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

The small, lacily edged, softly textured foliage is predominantly sunny yellow overlaid with wide light reddish-orange midveins. The frilly edging is laced in bright green abruptly changing to deep purples, bright fuchsia and deep magenta at leaf tips. Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Rust Coleus is a dwarf upright to rounded, densely branched, fine-textured plant growing to about 5-7"H x 5-7" wide. Perfectly sized for smaller containers, smaller window boxes, on a windowsill or tabletop, in terrariums, or utilize it as a low growing spring to fall riot of color in the garden and landscape. The dwarf Under the Sea™ Sea Monkey Coleus are generally recommended for part shade to shade, especially in hot summer climates. Rated a 4.9 in 2016 at the UGA Trial Gardens! Item# 12529

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 5-7"H x 6-8"W space about 4-6" apart
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade, Mostly sunny, Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 44
US$7.99
Was: $9.99

Under the Sea™ Sea Urchin Neon Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Sea Urchin Neon', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

The narrow strappy, medium textured mop of foliage is variably colored in bright greens and yellows with large brilliant patches of contrasting neon magenta and deep purple shades. The newer leaves may be predominantly neon yellow and neon green. Under the Sea™ Sea Urchin Neon Coleus is a dwarf mound forming plant building to about 5-10" high and 8-10" wide. It is perfectly suited as a specimen plant for smaller containers for tabletop or windowsill enjoyment, as well as in small mixed container gardens or spot it in along the border of the garden and landscape as a colorful spring to frost accent. These dwarf Coleus can also be used in medium to large terrariums to add a colorful tropical flair. The dwarf Under the Sea™ Sea Urchin Coleus are generally recommended for part shade to shade, especially in hot summer climates. Rated a perfect 5.0 in 2016 at the UGA Trial Gardens! Item# 12530

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 5-10"H x 8-10"W space about 6" apart
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade, Mostly sunny, Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 33
US$7.99
Was: $9.99

Clusters of maroon to purple, lightly fragrant flowers are produced in early spring among the newly emerging, beautifully and heavily variegated creamy yellow, bronze, and green new growth that matures to cream, white, and green. The Variegated Five-Leaf Akebia is an adaptable and vigorous, twining, semi-evergreen to deciduous vine with few pest or disease issues. Even though it is variegated it readily tolerates full sun conditions. Provide an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil and is tolerant of periodic drought once fully established. If cross-pollinated by another Akebia with different genetics, such as a seedling or different cultivar of Akebia quinata, it may produce 3-4" long purplish fruit. Hand pollination may be required to ensure good fruit set. The foliage alone is beautiful enough to make this plant worthy of a spot in the garden on a sturdy fence, trellis, or arbor. Item# 12049

Grows To: To 30'H but can be easily maintained on a smaller trellis or other support
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade

Variegated Shrimp Plant

Justicia brandeegeana 'Variegata'

The Variegated Red Shrimp Plant produces a continuous display of upright to arching spikes composed of large showy maroon bracts from which the individual maroonish-red and white tubular flowers emerge in spring and summer to year round under warm tropical conditions. This plant has exceptional flower power along with beautifully variegated foliage that is flecked and splotched with creamy white. Use as a container plant specimen and in mixed container gardens as well as in the garden and landscape. The common Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana, seems to be happiest where it has some respite from hot midday sun in hot summer climates. In areas with cool summer climates the Shrimp Plant can tolerate full sun conditions. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Item# 710

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Filtered sunlight, Light shade
3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$12.99
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Vibrant Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Vibrant'

The large 3-4" wide, funnel shaped, white flowers are neatly edged in a broad band of contrasting rich reddish-pink and seem to nearly glow against the foil of dark green, medium textured foliage. Flowering is in midspring attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Vibrant Evergreen Azalea, a Harris hybrid, is a rare dwarf with a dense and compact habit that lends itself to bonsai culture but is sure to be a low-maintenance conversation piece in the garden and landscape.  Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Item# 12576

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 26
US$14.99

Violacea Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth, Scilla

Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea'

Loose hyacinth-like spikes of dainty green flowers with recurving petals and contrasting dark purple filaments and yellow stamens are held above the narrow silvery foliage with dark green spots and reddish-purple reverses in spring after a dry winter dormancy. This is an easy to grow dwarf scilla or squill, tentatively Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea' as there are many similar horticultural forms within this species, is a dwarf growing, evergreen herbaceous tropical succulent that grows from a thickened above ground bulb and readily multiplies happily filling its container. This should make an easy windowsill, porch, or patio plant where it receives bright indirect sunlight or a small amount of cool early morning or filtered sunlight. Provide this easy to grow plant with a well-drained, cactus-like soil and allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings. If it gets too dry it will wilt to let you know but it readily recovers once moisture is applied. During active growth, average moisture is preferred and it can be allowed to remain a good deal dryer when dormant. We ship 3 or more bulbs actively growing in a 2.25" pot. Item# 12453

Grows To: 2-4"H x 6-8"W
Outdoor Light: Bright shade, Cool direct sunlight like early morning or very late evening, Filtered shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
US$9.99

Watchet Evergreen Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Watchet'

A Louisiana Super Plant selection! The large 3-4" wide, coral pink, funnel-shaped flowers are produced beginning in late spring with sporadic summer flowering and another nice show in fall with the flowers attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Watchet Azalea, an evergreen Satsuki type, has a neat and compact, densely branching, naturally rounded habit that lends itself to use in low-maintenance gardens and landscapes, including formal settings. Its small size also lends Watchet to use in bonsai as well as for low-maintenance container plants. Provide your evergreen Azaleas with a well-drained, average moist, humus rich, acid soil and topdress with an organic mulch for the best results. Item# 12575

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, *Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 37
US$12.99

White Jade Pineapple Plant

Ananus comosus 'White Jade'

This super sweet Hawaiian pineapple has white, low acid flesh with a fully edible core on a spineless plant. White Jade Pineapple quickly reaches maturity flowering and fruiting within the first 1-2 years. This bromeliad develops into a large rosette of tapering blue-green foliage that adds a tropical flare to the patio or the garden and landscape where hardy. Where not hardy it makes an easy and forgiving container plant that can be overwintered indoors when temperatures fall below freezing. It can be grown in sun to light shade and provide a well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor. Once it fruits, save the top of the pineapple to grow a new plant. Item# 12301

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11, may tolerate very short dips below 32oF
Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Full sun if acclimated properly
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
US$9.99
Was: $14.99
Cannot Ship To: AK,CA,HI

White Spider Azalea, Koromo White Azalea

Rhododendron x 'Koromo White'

Beautiful and unique spidery white flowers absolutely cover this semi-dwarf evergreen shrub in mid-spring. The rare Koromo White Azalea's naturally compact growth habit, durability, and rare flower form make this a definite conversation piece. The lavender form of this Azalea, Koromo Shikibu or Purple Spider, lines the eastern border of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Gardens at Stephen F Austin's Mast Arboretum. Azaleas do best in average moist, acidic soils that are rich in organic matter but have good to excellent drainage and should be top dressed with an organic mulch such as pine straw and pine bark. We recommend using a slow-release, non-burning fertilizer that is labeled for acidic loving plants. Item# 10813

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or late afternoon sun, Filtered shade, Part shade, Part sun, Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$14.99
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Yellow Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine, Trader's Compass

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Lutea', (T. jasminoides 'Star of Toscane'?, T. jasminoides 'Mandianum'?)

Loose clusters of sweetly fragrant, creamy yellow, star shaped flowers are produced over a long period beginning in late spring and early summer on this vigorous and durable evergreen twining climber. This cultivar of Confederate Jasmine appears to flower a good deal longer than the more common white flowered selections. An excellent choice for arbors, trellises, and evergreen screening on a lattice work or fence. Confederate Jasmine can also be used as a deep groundcover that will grow to 12-24" high. Where not hardy they can be maintained as easy and low maintenance container specimens. This may be the same as Woodlander's 'Mandianum' which may yet be the 'Star of Toscane'. Item # 11020

Grows To: 30'H, 2'H as groundcover
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Under the Sea™ Red Snapper Coleus, Painted Nettle

Coleus scuttelarioides 'Red Snapper', Plectranthus scuttelarioides, Solenostemon scuttelarioides, C. blumei

New in 2020! Talk about POP! The intensely colored, large, tropical-looking, frilly scallop edged, ruffled foliage is centered by a dark velvety quilted heart in shades of eggplant, dark maroon, burgundy, and purple with lighter veining and is surrounded by a broad band of starkly contrasting, glowing magenta with fine veins of hot fuchsia. Under the Sea™ Red Snapper Coleus is a traffic stopping, head turning addition to containers as a thriller or filler and as specimen plant, as well as in the garden and landscape for color from spring to frost. This is a mound forming coleus growing to about 12-18"H x 18-24"W.  Coleus prefer moist to average moist, fertile soils with average or better drainage. Item# 12513

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11, Annual in zones 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Grows To: 12-18"H x 18-24"W space about 10-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered sunlight, Shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 18
US$7.99
Was: $9.99

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