Jun
13
2021

15 fantastic shade-loving plants for container gardens

Container gardening is a great way to put your green thumb to work – but what happens when your only available spot gets a limited amount of sunshine?

Whether you work with a covered porch or a small city balcony in the shade of high-rise buildings, it is still possible to create a garden.

The trick is to choose shade-loving plants that can thrive in pots and plants.

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Begonias (Begonia groups and hybrids)

Begonias (Begonia groups and hybrids) # shade plants # garden # containers # decoration house ideas

Begonias, with their colorful flowers, are an easy way to add a vibrant look to your container garden.

There are many different varieties, but almost everyone prefers to grow places with lots of shade. When autumn hits, you can bring your begonias indoors and enjoy the beautiful green throughout the winter months.

  • USDA growing zones: 9 to 11; normally grown as an annual
  • Color varieties: White, orange, pink, red and bicolor
  • Sun exposure: Divide shadow to full shadow
  • Land requirements: Rich, well-drained soil

Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis) #shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

With its characteristic heart-shaped flowers, the bleeding heart plant is one of the most spectacular additions to a container garden.

The flowers grow in rows, hung from delicate stems that rise above the blue-green leaves.

Choose a container with plenty of room for growth, and make sure the soil is always moist.

If you have time, mix organic compost in your potting soil before planting.

  • USDA growing zones: 2 to 9
  • Color varieties: Pink, red, white
  • Sun exposure: Divide shadow to full shadow
  • Land requirements: Rich and moist

Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides)

Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides) #shadowplants #have #containers #decorhomeideas

Coleus is one of the most popular plants for a shady container garden – it grows easily with other flowering plants, including verbena and petunias.

The remarkable leaves have a wild variety of colors, and the yellow flowers jump across the foliage on distinctive spikes.

Coleus is a breeze to grow; propagate them indoors from seeds and transfer them to a container in a partially shaded place.

  • USDA growing zones: 10 to 11; normally grown as an annual
  • Color varieties: Multicolored foliage
  • Sun exposure: Divide shadow to full shadow
  • Land requirements: Rich, well-drained soil

Coral bells (Heuchera species and hybrids)

Coral bells (Heuchera species and hybrids) #shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

Want to add something green to your container garden?

Coral bells are the perfect solution. This beautiful plant grows thick, lush leaves and creates a beautiful mound that rises above the edge of a pot or a planter.

Coral bells are remarkably hard; you can leave them in the shade in a warmer climate. If your area has cold weather all year round, consider moving the plant to a partially sunny spot in the hottest part of the day.

  • USDA growing zones: 4 to 9
  • Color varieties: Dark purple to light yellow-green leaves
  • Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade (depending on black)
  • Land requirements: Rich, well-drained soil

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)

Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) #shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

Carpet your container garden a thick, radiant layer of leaves by planting the creeping Jenny.

Known for its ability to spread over any area, it is a great way to fill in the gaps in a large planter or a small window box. It is also a beautiful option for a hanging container; the leaves grow over the sides of the pot.

A shady area helps the plant maintain its green hue.

  • USDA growing zones: 3 to 9
  • Color varieties: Yellow flowers; but usually grown for its green or yellow leaves
  • Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Land requirements: Rich, well-drained soil

Dichondra (Dichondra Argentea)

Dichondra (Dichondra Argentea) #shadow plants #have #containers #decorhomeideas

When you have limited space for gardening, the dichondra plant is a wonderful option.

This creeper grows sweet, round leaves that are usually a maximum of 4 inches tall.

Each vine can grow between 2-4 feet long, making the dichondra a good option for hanging plants, window boxes and tiered plant stands.

Make sure your container gets at least a few hours of sun a day.

  • USDA growing zones: 10 to 12; normally grown as an annual
  • Color varieties: Green or silver foliage
  • Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Land requirements: Soil with medium moisture

Ferns

Ferns #shadeplants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

When you are new to gardening, ferns are a good starting plant – they are hardy and unusually low maintenance.

As long as you provide plenty of water and nutrients, they reward you with lush leaves that spill over the edges of the container.

To display the leaves, place your containers on a plant stand or place them in hanging plants for extra vertical space.

  • USDA growing zones: 3 to 7
  • Color varieties: Not applicable
  • Sun exposure: Divide shadow to full shadow
  • Land requirements: Rich, medium to wet clay

Fuchsia (Fuchsia spp.)

Fuchsia (Fuchsia spp.) #Shad Plants #have #containers #decorhomeideas

The fuchsia plant lives up to its name – it grows amazing, vibrantly colored flowers that bring your container garden to life.

This is a beautiful opportunity to hang containers; the flowers tend to point downwards so that they are best seen from below.

Fuchsias love moderate temperatures down to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, so they thrive in shady areas. Hang them from your porch ceiling and watch as the stems cascade across the side in a riot of color and texture.

  • USDA growing zones: 10 to 11; normally grown as an annual
  • Color varieties: Red, pink, violets
  • Sun exposure: Divide shadow to full shadow
  • Land requirements: Rich, well-drained soil

Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) #shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

Easily recognizable by their inflated, spherical clusters of flowers, hydrangeas as a surprising addition to a container garden.

You have probably seen the large flowering shrub variety – avoid this type and choose a smaller variety that can withstand a planter.

These flowers work best in large pots; Be sure to water them often to encourage the best growth and the most colorful flowers.

  • USDA growing zones: 5 to 11
  • Color varieties: Blue, pink, purple, white
  • Sun exposure: Partial shade, full shade
  • Land requirements: Damp but well drained

Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)

Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) #shadow plants #have #containers #decorhomeideas

Impatience is a cornerstone of shady gardens.

This radiant, colorful flowering plant needs little or no direct sunlight, so you can safely place it on a fully covered patio.

Plant impatiens alone for a nice hue, or pair it with other flowering plants for extra texture and dimensions.

  • USDA growing zones: 10 to 11; normally grown as an annual
  • Color varieties: Pink, red, purple, purple, orange, white and bi-colors
  • Sun exposure: Divide shadow to full shadow
  • Land requirements: Rich, moist, well-drained soil

Lamium (Lamium amplexicaule)

Lamium (Lamium amplexicaule) #shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

Add something else to your garden with the lamium plant.

Each of the curved lamium leaves is covered with a fine, feathery growth that gives the impression of an ever-present mist.

Choose from a range of colors to suit your porch or patio and choose a place with plenty of shade for the most beautiful and durable flowers.

  • USDA growing zones: 4 to 8
  • Color varieties: Mauve, pink, purple or white depending on the variety
  • Sun exposure: Divide shadow to full shadow
  • Land requirements: Well drained with average need for moisture and fertility

Oxalis (Oxalis spp.)

Oxalis (Oxalis spp.) #Shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

Bring an unexpected geometry to your container garden with the oxalis plant. It grows sharp, unusually shaped leaves that add an architectural look to a space dominated by feminine flowers.

Oxalis grows quickly and abundantly, so it easily fills any container. When the temperature drops, move the plants indoors to maintain the health of the leaves.

  • USDA growing zones: 4 to 9 depending on art
  • Color varieties: White, pink, yellow, peach and two colors
  • Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Land requirements: Average, well-drained soil

Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyeranus)

Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyeranus) #shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

Turn your container garden into a lush, tropical-inspired masterpiece with the stunning Persian shield plant.

Each leaf has a dramatic pattern and contrasting colors – it is so striking that it works best as the stand-alone plant in a box or pot.

Choose a large planter; the foliage grows rapidly and reaches heights of up to 3 feet.

  • USDA growing zones: 10 to 11; normally grown as an annual
  • Color varieties: Purple and green / silver leaves
  • Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Land requirements: Medium moist, well-drained soil

Torenia (Torenia fournieri)

Torenia (Torenia fournieri) #shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

Bring a bit of English charm to your plants with the sweet torenia.

With its velvety petals of high contrast, this flowering plant illuminates any shady location. Show the flowers by placing the container below eye level.

If you have a short time, do not worry – all you have to do is water the plant often and add fertilizer occasionally.

  • USDA growing zones: REACH; This is an annual plant in all climates
  • Color varieties: Light to dark purple
  • Sun exposure: Divide shadow to full shadow
  • Land requirements: Rich, well-drained soil

Subsequent Lobelia (Lobelia erinus var. Pendula)

Subsequent Lobelia (Lobelia erinus var. Pendula) #shadow plants #garden #containers #decorhomeideas

If you are looking for a flower that adds drama to a container garden, look no further than the subsequent lobelia.

Each plant grows long, rear shoots lined with small, living flowers; they cascades over the plants and bring a cheerful feeling to a place with limited sunlight.

  • USDA growing zones: 10 to 11; normally grown as an annual
  • Color varieties: Blue / violet, red, pink
  • Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Land requirements: Rich, moist, well-drained soil