For those who live in shady areas and can't plant in direct sunlight, plants that thrive in partial sunlight are the best option. Several flowers need partial sunlight, also known as morning sun. When choosing a plant, consider whether you want an annual, which blooms only once, or a perennial, which comes back twice or more. Perennials don't require replanting but may need special care in the winter, while annuals do not require this care but will need to be replanted if you want more to grow.

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Primrose flowers are one of several types that thrive in partial sunlight.

Violets

Violets are annual flowers that blossom in a dark purple hue. This soothing color is perfect for bringing calm to a garden. Violets are strong plants that are often found growing on their own in the wild and are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Plant your violets in an area where they'll have shade for at least half the day. While different violets can tolerate more sunlight or shade, they prefer sunlight in the morning and partial or full shade for the rest of the day. These flowers need no care after planting.

Primrose

Primrose plants are tough like the violet, but they are perennials, not annuals. They come in virtually any color you could want and are very vibrant when in bloom. Plant them early and they'll often blossom from spring all the way through fall. If you're worried about frost or cold, consider planting in pots instead. Give the plant the necessary shade with only partial sunlight. The website gardeningknowhow.com warns gardeners to watch out for slugs and snails that may destroy your beautiful flowers. They suggest using a nontoxic bait to get rid of these pests.

Begonias

Begonias are annual flowers, though a perennial variety does exist. Typically this flower does not enjoy the cold and must be brought in when cooler temperatures start. When winter begins you'll need to carefully dig up the plants and move them indoors. Begonias are also popular as an indoor plant. If you have little room or inadequate soil for a garden, consider keeping this plant inside. Place it in a humid location where it can get morning sunlight. If your plant seems to be withering, consider moving it to an area where it will receive indirect sunlight and heat during the morning and shade in the afternoon.

Giant Snowflake

The giant snowflake serves as both an annual plant and a perennial. Known for its large white flowers and petals that fall off and cover the ground with a thick white blanket, the giant snowflake plant makes a wonderful outdoor addition. In certain areas it may return without replanting, thus acting as a perennial plant, while in others it may bloom only once. While it prefers morning sun, if your area has direct sunlight for a longer period of time, such as into the afternoon, the plant can usually grow just fine. Plant the giant snowflake in a container, either on the ground or hanging.