Use these container gardening ideas for shade as inspiration for your own planting schemes in areas where you have partial to full sun like porches and under trees.
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Do you have shady areas that could use a bit of color or interest? A porch that could use some curb appeal? A north-facing patio? Or even an area under a tree that has a hard time growing plants in the soil?
Containers are the answer to your problem. They really can do so much to brighten shadowy areas. I've known this for years, but I had another problem it took me awhile to figure out:
What grows well shade containers?
I used to think there were only 3 choices: fuchsias, begonias, and impatiens. And I would just buy some, stick them in a pot and call it good. While that's not bad (they are pretty after all), I was certainly missing out on how beautiful I could make shade-loving containers.
Adding just a few more plants that thrive in shade like coleus, lamium, ferns, and especially trailing plants, my pots could've literally glowed in the shade (if you've seen bright green sweet potato vine growing like this, you know what I'm talking about).
When I finally realized what I was missing and added some of these plants I learned how fun it is to create something so pretty that keeps on growing, changing, and giving joy throughout the gardening season - and sometimes beyond as it the case with ivy and creeping jenny.
I doubt I'm alone in my misconceptions about the kind of planters you can successfully grow in shade, so I rounded up 12 container gardening ideas for you - one of my own planter recipes and eleven from bloggers and websites you can click through to visit. This was SO fun to put together - I found some amazing planters that I look forward to creating and I hope you do, too!
Container Gardening Ideas for Shade
One of my favorite container gardening 'recipes' for shady areas: upright fuchsia, impatiens, lobelia, and vinca minor. Get the exact flowers and how-to video here.
A window box of tuberous begonia and miniature ivy at Empress of Dirt.
Tiered planter of impatiens, coleus, and creeping jenny at Our Fairfield Home.
Creating containers for shady areas can be challenging, but as these pots show, it's doable and they can be just as beautiful as sunny flower pots!
Check out these articles if you'd like some more container tips & ideas:
- Tips for planting flower pots that last all season
- Super easy vacation watering tip for your containers
- Flower pot recipe for sun using basic garden center plants
- 15 simple planter ideas for sun