Perennials for Shade to Part Shade

2022 Tropicals

Our plants and products are delivered throughout the season and are subject to availability. 

For greater success with all your annuals, add Espoma BioTone when planting.

Full Sun (FS) – 6-8 hours of direct sunlight.

 
Part Sun (PS) – A greater emphasis is put on its receiving the minimal sun requirements.

 
Part Shade (PSH) – Should not be planted where they will get the burning late afternoon sun. Plant where it will get shaded from a tree or plant on the east side of a building.

 
Full Shade (SH) – Less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. Full shade does not mean “no sunlight.” There are very few plants that will grow in the dark.

Name/Variety

Description / Height x Spread

Exposure

Pot Size

Calla Lilies

Morning Sun Yellow/Red

Blend of yellow and red flowers. 20-24″ x 6″

PSH to S

6.5″

Paco Purple

Dark purple flowers. 18-20″ x 12-16″

PSH to S

6.5″

Pink Puppy

Deep pink flowers. 16″ x 16″

PSH to S

6.5″

Summer Sun Yellow

Bright yellow flowers. 10-18″ x 10-18″

PSH to S

6.5″

Canna Lilies

Cannova Bronze Leaf Orange

30-48″ x 14-20″

S

6.5″

Cannova Bronze Leaf Scarlet

30-48″ x 14-20″

S

6.5″

Cannova Mango

30-48″ x 14-20″

S

6.5″

Cannova Rose

30-48″ x 14-20″

S

6.5″

Cannova Yellow

30-48″ x 14-20″

S

6.5″

Island Cleopatra (Red and Yellow)

36-48″ x 24-36″

S

6.5″

Island Tenerife (Golder Yellow with orange specks)

36-48″ x 24-36″

S

6.5″

Dipladenias

 Dipladenia is in the Mandevilla family but has a different growth pattern. The foliage is somewhat smaller and the plant is more shrub-like. Mandevilla vines climb up vertical structures to seek the canopy light. Dipladenia is a bushier plant whose stems grow down and hang. The two plants have similar brightly colored flowers, but Mandevilla has a larger flower. Both plants need the same bright light and Dipladenia care is the same as that for the Mandevilla vine. The tubular shape of the flower attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators.

Dipladenias can grow 1-2 feet tall and spread from 1-3 feet

Apricot

Apricot flowers

S to PS

1 Gal Trellis

Coral

Coral flowers

S to PS

12″ Hanging Basket

Coral Sundenia

Coral flowers

S to PS

1 Gal

Madinia Pink

Pink flowers

S to PS

6″ & 10″

Madinia Pink

Pink flowers

S to PS

10″ Hanging Baskets

Madinia Red

Red flowers

S to PS

6″ &10″

Madinia Red

Red flowers

S to PS

10″ Hanging Basket

Madinia White

White flowers

S to PS

6″

Madinia White

White flowers

S to PS

10″ Hanging Basket

Opal Vining Yellow

Yellow flowers

S to PS

10″

Pink Original

Pink flowers

S to PS

1 Gal

Red Giant

Red flowers

S to PS

1 Gal Trellis

Pretty Red

Red flowers

S to PS

1 Gal Trellis

Red Crimson

Crimson red flowers

S to PS

1 Gal

White

White flowers

1 Gal

Mandevilla

Bold and showy, the Mandevilla vine has a nonstop supply of large, trumpet-shaped blooms. Use in a garden bed to climb on arbors, trellises, and mailbox posts. The tubular shape of the flower attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators.

Mandevilla vines can reach from 6-24 feet and spread 1-3 feet

Mixed Red and White

Red and white flowers

S to PS

3 Gal Trellis

Red

Red flowers

S to PS

3 Gal Trellis

Red Giant

Red flowers

S to PS

3 Gal Trellis

Sun Parasol Original Cream Pink

Light pink flowers

S to PS

12″ Hanging Baskets

Sun Parasol Original Cream Pink

Light pink flowers

S to PS

1 Gal w/Trellis

Sun Parasol Original Crimson

Dark crimson red flowers

S to PS

12″ Hanging Baskets

Sun Parasol Original Crimson

Dark crimson red flowers

S to PS

1 Gal w/Trellis

Sun Parasol Original Crimson

Dark crimson red flowers

S to PS

6″

Sun Parasol Original Dark Red

Dark red flowers

S to PS

12″ Hanging Baskets

Sun Parasol Original Dark Red

Dark red flowers

S to PS

1 Gal w/Trellis

Sun Parasol Original Dark Red

Dark red flowers

S to PS

6″

Sun Parasol Original Pink

Bright pink flowers

S to PS

12″ Hanging Baskets

Sun Parasol Original Pink

Bright pink flowers

S to PS

1 Gal w/Trellis

Sun Parasol Original Pink

Bright pink flowers

S to PS

6″

Sun Parasol Original White

White flowers

S to PS

12″ Hanging Baskets

Sun Parasol Original White

White flowers

S to PS

1 Gal w/Trellis

Sun Parasol Original White

White flowers

S to PS

6″

Sunbeam

Yellow flowers

S to PS

10″

Tropical Breeze Blushing Pink

White to light pink flowers

S to PS

6″ & 10″

White Giant

White flowers

S to PS

3 Gal Trellis

Yellow Summer Romance

Yellow flowers

S to PS

3 Gal Trellis

Hibiscus – Tropical, reliable and easy to grow

Assorted Varieties

Bush Habit

S

10″ Bush

Double Peach

Braided Treeform

S

10″

Fiesta

Exquisite multi-colored blooms 3-5′ Bush Habit

S

10″, 1 Gal & 3 Gal

Fiesta/Tequila

Exquisite multi-colored blooms in Bush Habit

S

10″

Fiesta/Tequila

Treeform

S

10″

Fiesta

Braided Treeform

S

10″

Hollywood Assorted Colors

Bush Habit

S

10″

Multi Color

Bush Habit

S

10″

Multi Color

Braided Treeform

S

6″ & 10″

Multi Color

Bush Habit

S

10″

Multi Color

Treeform

S

10″

Painted Lady

Braided Treeform

S

10″

President Red

Braided Treeform

S

10″

Yellow Braid

Braided Treeform

S

6″ & 10″

Yellow Single Trunk

Treeform

S

10″

The following Tradewinds® Hibiscus have loads of large exotic blooms with attractive glossy green foliage

Bonaire

5-5.5″ lemon yellow with a white throat

S

8″

Brilliant Red

Large 6″ bright red flowers

S

8″

Cayman Combo

S

8″

Lilikoi Yellow

Golden-yellow blooms with a intensely pink eye.

S

8″

Mandarin Wind

Large orange blooms with bright pink-banded throats

S

8″

Orange Wind

Orange 4.5 to 6″ blooms have a yellow halo in the center

S

8″

Passion Wind

Dark pink with a dark throat with 5.25 to 6″ flowers.

S

8″

Starry Wind

4.5 to 5″ red blooms with a swirl of yellow radiating from the center of each petal

S

8″

Sunny Wind

Sunshine yellow 6 to 6.5″ flowers with a red throat

S

8″

Tortuga Wind

5.5″ velvety red blooms

S

8″

Tye Dye

5.5-6″ two-tone pink flowers

S

8″

Other Outstanding Flowering Plants

Bird of Paradise – Orange

Orange & blue flowers and dramatic, arching dark green leaves. 16-32″ x 10-14″

S-PSH

3 Gal

Bird of Paradise – White

White flowers and dramatic, arching dark green leaves. 16-32″ x 10-14″

S-PSH

3 Gal

Gardenia – Augusta Miami Supreme

Dense shrublike and very fragrant

PS

10″

Jasmine Sambac

Great houseplant. A beautiful fragrant everbloomer for home or garden. Can reach 5′ tall.

S-PSH

6″ & 10″

Cuphea hyssopifolia / Mexican Heather

Profuse purple flowers on a versatile, tidy, compact shrub-like habit with finely textured, glossy, bright green foliage. 2′ tall and wide

PS-S

1 Gal

Lantana

Multi Color Braided Treeform

S

10″ Tree

Plumbago – Imperial Blue

Sky blue flowers. 6-8′ x 3′ Vining Plant

S to PSH

1 Gal

Ruellia / Mexican Petunia – Purple Shower

Prolific purple blooms. 3-4′ Bush Habit

PS to S

6″, 10″ & 3 Gal

Ruellia / Mexican Petunia – Purple Showers

Braided – Treeform

PS to S

10″

Ruellia / Mexican Petunia – White Showers

Bush Habit

PS to S

3 Gal

Senecia – String of pearls

Succulent with strings of green “pearls”

Bright Indirect Light

6″ Hanging Basket

Justicia Orange Shrimp Plant

3-4′ x 4-6′

PS to S

10″

Justicia Red Shrimp Plant

3-4′ x 4-6′

PS to S

10″

Thunbergia – Blue Sky Vine

Bluish violet flowers with deep green leaves. Fast grower

S to PS

10″ Trellis

Tibouchina Jules Dwarf

Purple violet flowers. 2.5-3′

PSH to PS

10″

Tibouchina Jules Dwarf

Treeform

PSH to PS

10″

Bananas

Ensete Maurelii

Giant green leaves with dark red undersides and edges. 36 – 96″ tall

PS-S

6.5″

Musa Basjoo

Cold hardy down to -10° if well mulched. 8-10′ tall.

S

6.5″

Zebrina

Large, eye-catching, green leaves with red splotches on top and solid maroon coloring on the bottom give an exotic tropical appearance to this banana tree.

PS-S

1 Gal

Elephant Ears – Alocasia & Colocasia

Alocasia – Assorted Varieties

10″

Alocasia – Dwarf Amazonica

Deep green leaves with prominent silver-white veins and a distinctive scallop on the leaf edges. The back of leaves are burgundy.

PS-SH

6.5″

Alocasia – Lauterbachiana

Long, spear-shaped, glossy dark-green to purple leaves have scalloped edges and reddish undersides on tall purple to brown shade stems. 3-4′ x 3-4′

PSH to PS

6.5″

Alocasia – Portodora

Huge, ruffled, upright green leaves. Can grow 6-8′ x 4-6′

S-PSH

6.5″

Alocasia – Wentii

The glossy bronze-green leaves grow to 1′ in length on this tightly clumping elephant ear.

PS-PSH

6.5″

Colocasia – Black Beauty

Dark purple leaves with green veins. 3-6′ tall

PS-S

3 Gal

Colocasia – Black Coral

A clump of very glossy, jet-black leaves with heavy corrugation grows to 3.5′ tall.

PS-S

4.5″

Colocasia – Hawaiian Aloha

A vigorous growing elephant ear that produces incredibly glossy black foliage. The 2′ long x 1′ wide black leaves are contrasted nicely on both the front and back by green veins. Grows to 48″

PS-S

6.5″

Colocasia – Hawaiian Maui Gold

Chartreuse green foliage. Plant grows 24-40″ x 12-18″

S-SH

6.5″

Colocasia – Hawaiian Tropical Storm

Dark stems with a dense mass of dark purplish green foliage with deeper highlights and creamy white centers. A dramatic container specimen. Spreads in rich, wet soils. 2′ tall and wide.

PS-S

6.5″

Colocasia – Hawaiian White Lava

Large glossy green leaves have a wide band of creamy white down the center of each leaf, radiating out into the side veins. Each leaf is highlighted by a large purple spot where the leaf attaches to the stalk. A medium grower reaching 48″ x 36”.

PSH to PS

6.5″

Colocasia – Tea Cup

Shiny green leaves on black stems, with an upright habit, forming a teacup-like form which holds water. 5-6′ tall

PSH to PS

4.5″

Palms

Chinese Fan

Fronds grow up to 2′ across.

Bright Indirect Light

3 Gal

European Fan

Slow growing palm

Bright Indirect Light

7Gal

Majesty

Tall – Regal look

SH to PS

3 Gal & 7 Gal

Ponytail Palm

Drought tolerant, slow grower

Bright Indirect Light

6″

Roebellenii/ Pigmy Date Palm

4-6′ tall

PS to S

7 Gal

Sago Palm

3-10′ tall at maturity

6″

Windmill

Fronds that fan out from its branches with oblong leaves.

PSH to S

3 Gal

Fabulous Ferns

Asparagus

3′ x 4′

PSH to SH

10″ Hanging Basket

Blue Bell

24-36″ x 18″ – Small Boston variety

PSH to SH

4.5″

Boston 34″ Spread

The standard in basket ferns. 36-38″ Spread.

PSH to SH

10″ Hanging Basket

Boston 36-38″ Spread

The standard in basket ferns. 36-38″ Spread.

PSH to SH

12″ Hanging Basket

Fluffy Ruffles (Boston type fern)

12-24″ x 12-24″

Filtered light

4.5″

Foxtail

Long, upright, plume-like stems hold soft, needle-like leaves.

PS to S

6″

Kimberly Queen

Upright and arching habit

PS to S

6″, 10″, 1 Gal & 3 Gal

Macho Fern

Boston Fern on Steroids. Easy!

PSH to PS

1 Gal & 3 Gal

Outstanding Foliage and Other Tropical Plants

Aloe Vera

PS to PSH

6″

Croton / Petra

Festive red, orange, pink, yellow & green color splashes

PS to S

1 Gal & 3 Gal

Dracaena – Bi-Color

PS to PSH

10″

Dracaena – Colorama

6-8′ x 3-4′

PS to PSH

10″

Dracaena – Marginata

15-20′ x 3-10′ (prune to keep smaller for indoors)

PS to PSH

10″

Ficus / Burgundy Rubber Tree

4-6′ x 2.5′

Bright Indirect Light

3 Gal

Ficus / Fiddle Leaf Fig

6′ x 4′

PS to PSH

3 Gal

Monstero Delicioso / Swiss Cheese Plant

Can grow 10-15′ x 8′

Bright Indirect Light

3 Gal

Pilea peperomioides/ Chinese Money Plant

12″ x 12″

Bright Indirect Light

6″

Sansevieria – Assorted varieties of Mother-in-laws tongue

PS to PSH

6″

Sansevieria Laurentii / Variegated Mother-in-Laws Tongue

2-4′ x 1-2′

PS to PSH

6″

Sansevieria Zeylanica

2-3′ x 12″

PS to PSH

6″

Zamioculcas zamiifolia / ZZ Plant / Zanzibar Gems

Bush Habit. Easy to grow

PS to SH

6″ & 10″

Grasses and Thrillers

Cordyline Torbay Dazzler

Green & Gold leaves. 3-5′

PS to S

10″

Cordyline Florica / Florida / Ti Plant

Colorful broad magenta to burgundy leaves. 3-5′ x 2-3′

PSH to PS

10″ & 3 Gal

Cordyline Hot Pepper

Colorful bright red/green, broad leaves. 3-5′ x 2-4′

PSH to PS

10″

Cordyline Red Pepper

Colorful bright red/green, broad leaves. 2-4′ x 2-4′

PSH to PS

10″

Cordyline Red Star

The spiky burgundy red leaves. 3-5′

PSH to PS

1 Gal

Lemon Grass

Use as a culinary plant or for a thriller in a mixed conataier. Grows 3-5′

Sun

1 Gal

Pennisetum Princess – Ornamental Fountain Grass

Dark purple leaves. 3-4′ x 2-3′

PS to PSH

6.5″