If your porch, patio, or balcony is more shady than sunny, don’t worry: we have container combinations for you!
We’ve talked about Quick and Easy Summer Sun Containers, now let’s talk about summer container gardening in the shade using the 1plant, 2 plants, 3 plants method as well…
One for Shade
Choose a single variety that both blooms and provides season-long foliage interest. Heuchera creates a beautiful display, with its delicate, pretty flowers that appear in late spring or early summer—but the star of the show is the amazing foliage. From nearly black to chartreuse leaves, solid, variegated or frilly, you’ll find a wide range of options to brighten your shady container space.
Hostas look gorgeous planted in container gardens as well, with dramatic leaves and adorable flowers that soar above the foliage. Look for hummingbirds, who enjoy the blooms too.
Two for Shade
Or if you don’t want flowers, why not plant two types of coleus! With all the new coleus breeding, there is something for everyone.
Three for Part-Shade
- Benary: Nassella tenuissima Pony Tails (thriller); Nonstop® Mocca Cherry Begonia (filler); Helichrysum petiolare Silver (spiller)
- Danziger pre-planted combination: Twilight™ N.A. Bacopa: Scopia® Gulliver Blue; Scopia® Gulliver Blue Sensation; Scopia® Gulliver White
- PanAmerican Seed: Beautiful Begonia: Dragon Wing® Red Begonia (thriller), Gryphon Begonia (filler) and Silver Falls Dichondra (spiller)
Summer Shade Containers are as easy as 1-2-3!
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