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    I am growing some tuberous begonias in pots, but I'm in New England and we're having a cool and rainy season, so I don't think my gardening experiences will be too relevant to yours, Geila. I agree with Gardnr that wax begonias are unappealing.
    I second the recommendation for coleus, so many beautiful cultivars. Unfortunately, groundhogs really love coleus as well.

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    Being in the West I water my flowers every day. Otherwise they die.

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    TT - are your flowers in full sun? How high do your temps get?

    I have potted geraniums in full sun and I water them about 3x per week, but they are super hardy and seem to thrive in the heat. I'm trying to find the shade equivalent to them, but not having much luck. I'm looking forward to trying out the New Guinea impatiens now that the heat wave is temporarily over.

    Further reading has revealed that the begonias can tolerate drier soil, but not dry air, so they are a no-go. I used to have some beautiful hydrangeas but even in full shade with daily watering they spent the whole summer wilted and slumped over. My backyard is southwest exposure.

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    Yes full sun. We get in low 90’s and low humidity.

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    My local garden centre has this info on its website:
    Hostas: These large and leafy foliage plants, also known as plantain lilies, make a fabulous groundcover and are great for filling in gaps in the shady corners of your garden. Their variegated green leaves with cream coloured streaks are quite eye-catching, and when conditions are right, they may often surprise you with a blossom or two emerging from a long upright stem.

    Hydrangeas: Something about the big colourful clusters of hydrangea blossoms remains to be timeless yet trendy. These shade-loving shrubs produce showy flowers in all different shades of pink, purple, blue, white, and green. A fun fact you may not know about hydrangeas is their colour can actually be changed from pink to blue! By adjusting your soil’s pH and raising the acidity with the addition of some limestone, your hydrangea’s bubblegum pink petals will gradually change to a cool robin’s egg blue tone.



    Christmas Fern: Textured, voluminous fern leaves are a striking addition to any garden, adding a little interest and drama without competing with some of your showier blooms. While not necessarily an invasive plant, they do tend to spread and expand, so every once in a while, you may need to trim it back or divide it at the root.

    Bleeding Hearts: This colourful flowering shrub has quite an exotic, tropical feel, but is still able to withstand our cold Canadian winters. Its elongated, curved stems sport rows of dangling heart-shaped blossoms in vibrant shades of pink and red.



    Shade Loving Annuals
    If you’re a fan of container gardening and want to add some pops of colour throughout your space, these annual flowers are spectacular options. While they need to be re-planted each year, they’re vigorous growers during the summer months, so they’re sure to turn heads and grab people’s attention when put on display.

    Begonias: With their large, dramatic blossoms available in so many fabulous colours, begonias continue to be a staple in shade gardens. For a totally on-trend flower that’s bright and exciting, opt for a vivid coral variety! Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year is “Living Coral,” a bold pinkish-orange shade that pairs beautifully with shades or green, gold, pink, and turquoise,

    Impatiens: These low-maintenance blooms don’t just tolerate the shade, they prefer it! New Guinea impatiens are a highly sought-after variety, as they’re much more resistant to mildew than traditional impatiens.

    Lobelia: Partial, dappled shade with tiny pockets of sunlight is the ideal location for this pastel petaled groundcover plant, so if you’ve got some overhanging tree branches in your yard that tend to sway in the wind, you’ve got a perfect spot for some lobelia.

    Sweet Alyssum: This plant has so much to offer a shady garden! Its fragrance is simply intoxicating, it continually blooms well into the fall, and its crisp white blossoms add a lovely, ethereal glow to your landscape.
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