This week, we will look at flowers that grow well in shade. Often, customers come into the Farm Store saying their yards are covered in oak trees and they need some flowers that grow well in shade. There are some that do better in the shade than in our strong, Texas sun.
If you have a lot of trees blocking the sun in your yard, try some of our shade loving flowers below and see how they do. If you have no shade in your yard, you can put up some shade cloth and try some of the flowers we suggest.
Flowers are beautiful and can really cheer up a garden. In Texas, our
sun is extremely strong and we use a lot of shade cloth around the
garden to protect many of our plants from the sun. We carry a lot of
Below is a list of flowers that grow well in shade that we just happen to carry:
You will find the rest of the list of flowers that grow well in shade down on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of this page.
Good, cold Monday! It is 42° Fahrenheit this morning and overcast. Just yesterday, it was 76°. This week, it will be down in the 30s at night and 40s and 50s during the day. Can you believe that?
Meanwhile, because of the warmer temperatures here, our fruit trees are blossoming and my Purple Passion Asparagus is shooting up in January!
It is time for me to get ready for the day and open the Farm Store. It is so cold that I doubt we will get many local people in today but the orders from all across the USA are coming in for spring seeds. Thank you!
It is now 3pm and the temperature has dropped to 39° Fahrenheit. The sprinkling is on and off and has been all day long. I am in the Farm Store where it is fairly warm. I have my essential oil diffuser going as well as the candle warmer making it smell fantastic in here. I have five and a half dozen eggs in the refrigerator. I sold a few over the weekend.
We actually had one customer today so far. He owns a ranch not too far away. It is always good to meet our neighbors!
I just put up our brand new Texas Spring Seed Set that was just made for the Spring of 2023 growing season. With it, you get 40 seed varieties. Of those, one is an herb, two are melons, and the rest are vegetable seeds. It is a $158.00 value and you get it for $119.95!
It is now after 4pm and the temperature is still dropping. I have asked our guys to unscrew the plastic we installed earlier this month so we can protect our outdoor animals from the cold and wet. They are out there now collecting eggs and dropping the plastic sheets to keep our birds and rabbits warm. I only wish there were some way to keep my poor fish warmer. In the cold, they go down to the bottom and hibernate down there, not even coming up for food until it gets a bit warmer.
This evening, David and I had a planning meeting for our brand new Fall Seed Set Collection that we will put together as soon as our current ones are gone.
Let's talk about Flowers That Grow Well In Shade. If you have lots of oak trees in your yard blocking the sun, there is hope for growing some flowers. At the top of this page, I have listed 37 flower varieties. I realize that some are herbs but they flower.
I have listed only the flowers that grow well in shade that are carried by David's Garden Seeds®. There are many others that you can plant as well.
A plant that is marked as full sun means it needs at least six hours of sunlight a day. If a variety is called a partial shade flower, that means it needs from four to six hours of sunlight a day. If the plant is marked as full shade, it really doesn't mean that. It means that it needs sun, but it will do fine on less than four hours of sun per day. Interesting, huh? Just to clarify, I will put the meanings below:
Full Sun Full sun means a plant needs six or more hours of sunlight per day.
Partial Shade Partial shade means a plant needs from four to six hours of sunlight per day.
Full Shade Full shade means a plant can do okay with just four hours of sunlight per day.
Some folks who come into the Farm Store think full sun means they should plant where the seeds will get eight to twelve hours of uninterrupted sun per day. No! Here in Texas, where the sun is brutal, they just fried their plants. We actually pay good money to buy shade cloth to put over our plants so they can survive the strong sun here in South Central Texas.
Good, dark, wet, cold Tuesday to you! I just came in with Ethel and it is raining but, thankfully, not at 28° like I heard last night. It got down to 34° which means no ice. Everything is drenched and the rain is coming down which is bad enough but at least I don't have to worry about falling due to icy stairs around here. I am glad we were able to cover the outdoor animals. The poor fish. I wish we could cover them.
This afternoon, Pamela and Sue Ellen have their one year exams and shots. Fun, expensive times! Turns out the puppies are fine but the visit cost me $767.00. That, my friends, is insane! I am still in sticker shock!
David asked our newest employee, Josh, to move my store desk down to make it more comfortable for me. When it was put up in June of 2020, David and I were not on campus. The contractor placed for a normal height person, not me. I am a bit on the shorter side at five feet tall. So all of this time, I have had to had a chair that goes up high so my shoulders don't ache. Then I have had to have a footstool but they are not comfortable.
David measured how low to drop the table where I sit and marked it. Josh went in and dropped it down and secured it. I tried it out and it was perfect. I could not believe it. So now I will be a bit more comfortable there in the store when I work.
There are many flowers that grow well in shade that we do not carry. Let's talk about them today. Below is a list of flower seeds and herb seeds that we do not carry.
I have had experience with a few of these beautiful flowers that grow well in shade. We don't carry them because we already carry a ton of gorgeous flowers and one company can only carry so many. We have over 1,600 varieties of seeds right now and that is more than enough.
When we built our home in San Antonio, we made raised garden beds along the fence and we planted herbs, vegetables, and flowers. One of the plants was Elephant's Ears and they were pink and green giant leaves that flower. They were my favorites. They lasted for several years and then they did not come up anymore. In the heat we get here in South Central Texas, that happens. You plant something that might come back for many years to come back East, and it shows up for two or three years here because the sun is so strong.
My grandmother grew Bleeding Hearts in upstate New York. In fact, they were her favorite flower. I remember them being delicate in shades of pink and white, so pretty to look at but they will not grow here. It just gets too hot.
Here it is, Wednesday morning, another cold (35°), cloudy, wet day. I woke up around 2am and Alexa told me it was 31° but by 6am it was above freezing. I have been working on this page for a while, trying to find the right flowers to put up in my research. I do put a lot of time and energy into these pages and running a business, David's Garden Seeds®, does not leave me much time. By the way, it is February 1! Hard to believe.
This morning, there was no sunrise again. I have to get ready and go open the Farm Store. We have four and a half dozen eggs in the Farm Store as far as I know. We did have some customers while we were at the vet yesterday so they could have taken some eggs. I forgot to check last night when I closed up. Our chickens are producing more eggs now, even in this cold, dreary weather.
David and I are going into town this morning to pay our property tax. Fun times! Next week and the week after, we have doctor appointments. Someone always has his/her hand out to take our money, especially at the grocery store.
We went to pay our property taxes and, guess what? We owe yet another property tax that we did not know about. Yes, our four acres, for some crazy reason, are divided into three different properties, all at the same address so we still have to go back in a few weeks and pay another property tax and then we will be done for the year.
While we were out, we had lunch at IHOP. I ordered some lemon and cheese crepes. The waitress came back and said, "We don't have any crepes today."
The signs up front say everything is homemade and
freshly made. So if they don't have crepes, couldn't their chef just
whip up some crepe batter and cook me some? I mean, they are serving
pancakes but not crepes...think about that for a moment. So do the
crepes come already made and frozen? What did the waitress mean when she
said they didn't have any crepes today? I was so disgusted.
So we got home from doing a lot of different things in Pleasanton including some grocery shopping. I put away the food and started making a quick loaf of bread. I was kneading it and my phone rang showing the place of New York City. I answered because you never know. It was some guy who could barely speak English wanting to know what I was going to do with this website. He said he wanted to market it for me. Good golly. I continued kneading my bread and asked him why he would care. Then I asked him since he could barely get out a good sentence in English so how could he market for me? He finally hung up. I would have but I was busy kneading my bread and my hands were covered in flour and dough.
Folks, my website is doing exactly what it is meant to do, teaching people about gardening, running a business, and farm life and pointing people to our seed business, David's Garden Seeds®. When we bought the farm back in 2019, I started this site to do exactly that. The day I want help marketing my website, I will pick up my trusty cell phone and call someone for help.
We still have plenty of coffee beans and four and a half dozen eggs in the store. When I have none, everyone wants eggs. Now that I have some, nobody wants them. LOL!
I am making a loaf of bread, some tomato soup, a pork tenderloin, potatoes, and roasted cabbage for dinner tonight.
It is 4pm and 37° now. Comfort Commander is here checking on one of
the expensive air conditioner/heater units in Production that is making
an ugly noise.
We have not had any customers because no one thinks of gardening on such a cold, wet day.
I am now back at the house. The eggs have been collected, washed, and put away. I am in the middle of making dinner. The pork loin and veggies are baking and the soup is simmering. The cabbage steaks are ready to pop into the oven when the pork loin comes out. The bread is in the loaf pan finishing its rising.
Yes, it is still cold and raining, mostly sprinkling like it has been all day long. It is 6:15pm, 36°, and foggy. Tomorrow's high will be 54° and tonight it is supposed to rain and get up to 39° instead of going down. Weird, huh?
Our tomato seedlings have grown bigger and are now on sale for $2.95 in our greenhouse!
We do not carry flower bulbs, only seeds but there are some bulbs that bloom in shady areas that you might want to consider. Of course, they do need some sun, at least four hours a day.
Growing up, we had many of these bulb flowers in my yard. I grew up in the small town of LaGrange, near Poughkeepsie, New York. Yes, I am a Yankee (reformed) from way back but these days, I am very proud to be a Texan. We had daffodils, tulips, and lily of the valley all over the yard. Crocus would appear in early spring and there were always plenty of lily of the valley by Easter. We had a wonderful yard filled with areas of flowers, bushes, and trees. It was a dream yard to grow up in and I loved it. The grass was always green and something was always blooming until everything was covered in snow.
We here at David's Garden Seeds® do not sell bulbs, except for garlic bulbs in the fall, so you will have to find yourself a good bulb company. I do not have any bulbs planted here. We market our seeds so you will find lots of flowers here that come from seed like our prize zinnia and snapdragon seeds. Both are now growing in the flowerbeds our in front of the Farm Store. I cannot believe that cold has not killed them.
Well good morning and Happy Groundhog's Day...not really, the stupid creature saw his shadow so we are in for another six weeks of this cold, wet stuff. Yes, it is still raining and 37°. It should get up to 51° today. I hope so because I need to water my greenhouse. David tells me my plants are looking very dry. Also, my ears are popped and my nose is stuffy. I hate the extreme cold.
Michelle came out to clean so I spent most of the day in the house. I worked on the computer, changing listings.
At 4pm, I went out to my greenhouse because it had warmed up to 51°. I watered everything well and I found a few surprises. Some of my seeds that I planted a few weeks ago have turned into seedlings. I was very excited! My lemons are coming along. There are some teeny tiny limes. The rest of the plants are doing well because we kept them warm with heaters. While I was finishing up, I got a text from David saying there were customers. I finished and went over to the Farm Store.
There was a couple who came in with a little girl around 4:40pm. They bought a lot of seeds. The little girl, close to 2 years old, was picking up the CowPots, three stacks at a time, hugging them, and carrying them all over the store. Then she conveniently tossed a few to the floor. They thought it was cute and it was but, if my little one were carrying something made with cow poop around, I would take them out of her hands and tell her no. Maybe they did not know what CowPots are. I checked them out and they left. I closed up the store and went home to make dinner.
Yes, we have seeds for flowers that grow well in shade. Some of our flower seeds are grown right here on our farm. Most of our flower seeds come from farmers across the country who grow certain varieties. They cannot grow more than one variety of a certain seed or the seeds will cross-pollinate, creating a new variety of seeds. We want pure seeds to sell unless the new variety is really awesome. Right now, we only have four acres of land. We are hoping to double that in the spring but for now, we just have the four.
We bring you the finest quality seed we can get, not just for flowers but also with our fruit, vegetable, and herb seeds. Of course, they are always Non-GMO. Only certain commercial growers can get their hands on genetically modified organism seeds. We are not interested in that. In order to get that license, you have to meet certain qualifications, including paying thousands of dollars for the privilege. We cater to the average American home gardener who gets joy from growing plants in their yard, like we do. Flowers are a beautiful way to make your yard look more appealing. Honestly, when I sit there and look at the beauty that my flowers give, it makes my heart happy. Add in a lot of butterflies and bees, like our zinnias attract each year, and my heart is overflowing. How about you?
This morning, a lady drove an hour to get here to buy tomato seedlings from our greenhouse. She bought 42 tomato plants plus some seeds and seed trays. It was awesome. She was so happy to get the plants!
I have been restocking the store as well as working on the listings. It is still chilly at 1pm, 54°. I am cold in the store with a heater on.
We have had a few customers. I really thought we would have many more on such a sunny but cold day.
I will have several dozen eggs in the refrigerator for tomorrow if you are coming out to the farm. We have beautiful tomato seedlings for $2.95 a piece. Right now, we have a good selection of tomato varieties but they won't last long. We have regular and potato leaf tomato varieties.
We got some new seed starting containers in the Farm Store today. We have 50 cell flats, the six cell jumbo flat, the 38 cell flat, and the 24 cell flat. If you will be starting a lot of seeds, come see us. We have the seeds you want as well as easy planters for spring. We also have our own germination mix soil for starting seeds.
Here is the continuation of our seeds for flowers that grow well in shade.
Good morning. It is cold at 36° and foggy. The fog is beginning to clear. It wasn't too bad when the sun that we could not see came up. While I was making French toast, the fog totally moved in thick. I just got back in from feeding the animals and it is getting a bit better.
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I have to pack some eggs now for today at the Farm Store. Come on over. We will be open from 10am to 2pm and we have some beautiful tomato seedlings ready for you to take home. Do not put them in the ground yet as it is too cold. Keep them in a warm spot until the middle of March when the danger of frost is gone. Then you will need to harden them off before planting outside.
I will see you over at the Farm Store!
I do have eight dozen eggs available for purchase today at $5 a dozen or six for $2.50. The store is open, the coffee is brewing. The seedlings are waiting for you to come visit them.
Matt came over to take the plastic off of the animal coops as it is supposed to be warm today. Right now at 10:40am, it is only 46°. The fog has lifted and it is a bright, sunny day. Come on out to the farm!
We ended up seeing some customers after the fog lifted. We sold eggs, 21 tomato seedlings, and a lot of seeds.
I did some work around the house. At Svengoolie time, we realized it was not that long ago that we had seen the movie so instead, we watched the new Elvis movie that I got in this past week. It was unbelievably good. What a waste drugs are. It is so sad.
Below are some more of the flowers that grow well in shade seeds. Give them a try.
Happy Sunday. It is 41° and should hit 76° this afternoon. I was just out there with Ethel and there is no rain or wind and it is still dark. I got a cup of coffee and I hope to sit here quietly for a little while since everyone else is still asleep and Ethel has curled back up on the couch.
When the light started appearing, it was foggy again. After that, the sun showed up looking pretty cool as you can see above.
We went to church, came home, had leftover pizza from last night and then worked on our computers for most of the afternoon. I made Mongolian beef with rice for dinner and we are watching Perry Mason while we work.
Below are the last of our flowers that grow well in shade seeds. The Soapwort is an herb.
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