Nearly every garden has shady spots which can pose a problem for gardeners. Plants that thrive in the sun will sulk and fail to perform if left in the shade. But there is an answer to the problem and that is to select plants whose natural environment is woodland or other low light areas. I found an article by Janet Loughrey over on the Garden Design Magazine website which has some great suggestions for suitable plants as well as containers.

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.
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.

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