There are many shade-loving annuals that cater to a wide variety of aesthetics. Some of the most popular include Alyssum, Baby Blue Eyes, Fuchsia, Begonia, Calendula, Cleome, Impatiens, Larkspur, Lobelia, Monkey-flower, Nicotiana, Pansies, Snap-dragons, Balsam, Torenia, Oxalis, Coleus, Perilla, Browallia, Polka-dot Plant, Sweet Potato Vine, Violas and Beefsteak Plants.
One of the more popular floral varieties of annuals is the aforementioned Fuchsia. They come in an array of colors: pinks, purples and white. Their flowers are typically lantern-like and hang down, but some varieties also stand upright. For a taller floral option, the Balsam plant is a great option. Not only does it come in a spectrum of colors, but it self-seeds, so even though it's an annual, this plant is likely to give gardeners delight year after year. A non-floral option is the Coleus plant which comes in a lot of color varieties and has a beautiful leaf pattern. The Polka-dot Plant is another non-floral, shade-loving annual whose playful pattern adds a fun touch to any garden. Which shade-loving annual plant is the best, however, is up to the discretion and taste of the gardener. Luckily, there are many choices and varieties that provide the perfect addition to any shady nook or garden corner.