Best Plants For Containers In The Shade

Best Plants For Containers In The Shade

There are places in every garden which are in partial or full shade throughout the day and so can prove a challenge when choosing plants that will thrive in these conditions. Using brightly colored containers in these positions is one way to liven up the area provided you can find plants that will grow in the shade. Luckily there are plenty to choose from as Janet Loughrey explains in her article which I found on the Garden Design Magazine website.

Nearly every gardener has experienced the problem of too much shade, which can cause plants to become too leggy or fail to thrive. Whether it’s a wooded suburban lot or a north-facing apartment balcony, low light means more growing challenges. Rather than being problematic, these dark areas can be viewed as an opportunity.
Shade Containers Janet Loughrey ,
Adding containers to shady spots is a practical way to optimize these spaces. By using brightly colored or shiny metal pots, combined with lighter or contrasting hues of foliage and flowers, these decorative arrangements can brighten up even the darkest corner of a porch, deck, or entryway.
Choosing the right plants is essential to successful shade gardening. Woodland natives, ferns, and hostas are just a few plants that prefer lower light levels. Many garden specimens will thrive equally well in containers, given the right conditions. A single plant, such as Japanese maple or bamboo, can be just as compelling as a combination.

See more at Garden Design Magazine
Feature photo: Janet Loughrey
 

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