Friday, November 25, 2011

Container Garden Recipes for Shade

Grow Colorful Foliage
    This collection of troughs and pots relies on foliage shapes, sizes, and contrast for impact. If you don't want to grow tropical bulbs like these elephant's ears, grow your favorite houseplants in the shade instead! A. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Inky Fingers') -- 1 B. Elephant ears (Alocasia amazonica ) -- 1 C. Elephant ears (Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic') -- 1 D. Hosta 'Pot of Gold' -- 1 E. Sedge (Carex 'Beatlemania') -- 1

Create Architectural Interest
    Use plant forms to create architectural interest in your landscape. Here, a fullmoon maple makes a wonderful contrast against mounding plants and its square container. A. Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') -- 3 B. Fullmoon maple (Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum') -- 1 C. Oxalis vulcanicola 'Zinfandel' -- 1 D. Foamflower (Tiarella 'Pink Brushes') -- 1

Keep It Simple
    A classic hosta in a classic container makes a statement all its own. A. Hosta 'Aureomarginata' -- 1

Try Repetition
    Repetition is a trick used by many top garden designers. You can do the same thing with your container gardens. Here, bright begonias enliven a pot of herbs for the kitchen and create a focal point of color. A. Begonia 'Dragon Wing Red' -- 4 B. Golden sage (Salvia officinalis 'Aurea') -- 2 C. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) -- 1

Create an Explosion of Color
    Similar pots in different sizes planted to echo each other present a clean and elegant display. We love the use of a fern to add height and extra interest. A. Reiger begonia (Begonia 'Charisma Pink') -- 6 B. Fuchsia 'Hidcote Beauty' -- 3 C. Wood fern (Dryopteris clintoniana) -- 1

Make a Statement the Simple Way
    This is a simple yet dramatic pairing for a shady spot -- with just two plants (each with two leaf colors). A. Caladium 'Gingerland' -- 1 B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Inky Fingers') -- 1

Look for Unused Space
    Just because your garden beds are full doesn't mean you don't have room for more plants. This collection of baskets is a great way to add an extra dose of color to a garage. A. Tuberous begonia (Begonia 'Nonstop Apricot') -- 2 B. Tuberous begonia (Begonia 'Nonstop Bright Red') -- 2 C. Tuberous begonia (Begonia 'Nonstop Yellow') -- 2

Look Up
    Pay attention to your containers. Here, sleek, shiny pots draw your eye up to a bonanza of color and texture. A. Caladium 'Florida Elise' -- 2 B. Perilla 'Gage's Shadow' -- 1 C. Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii') -- 1 D. New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens 'Sonic Cherry') -- 1 E. Oxalis vulcanicola 'Zinfandel' -- 1

Look for Fun Containers
    This dramatic yet simple design relies upon foliage size and color contrasts for impact -- all in a simple, salvaged bucket. A. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Sedona') -- 1 B. Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Sweet Caroline Bronze') -- 2 C. Elephant Ears (Colocasia 'Red Stem Rhubarb') -- 1

Try Contrasting Containers
    If you're not sure where to start, look at your container and complement or contrast it with color. Here, the black pots look great against bold, bright colours. A. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Daffy') -- 1 B. Sedge (Carex hachijoensis) -- 1 C. Caladium 'Florida Beauty' -- 1 D. Coleus (Solenostemon 'JoDonna') -- 1

Select Easy Plants
    This unusual pairing of easy-growing but striking plants makes a statement in partial shade. Each container complements its contents perfectly. A. Begonia 'Dragon Wing Red' -- 3 B. Oxalis regnellii -- 5

Employ Powerful Foliage
    With wonderful foliage like the golden sedge, purple heavenly bamboo, and variegated geranium, you hardly notice that there are no flowers. Choose varieties with great foliage for extra interest and texture. A. Golden sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea') -- 1 B. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Dolly Varden') -- 1 C. Elephant ears (Colocasia 'Black Magic') -- 1 D. Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica 'Sienna Sunrise') -- 1

Create Summer Cheer
    A colorful combination of easy-flowering plants that will remain attractive all summer long for a bright way to add interest to any shaded corner of your garden. A. Tuberous begonia (Begonia 'Scentiment Blush') -- 1 B. Impatiens 'Accent Watermelon' -- 3

Create a Festive Feel
    This pleasing arrangement of easy-to-find plants could decorate a shaded summer deck or patio for several months. A. Caladium 'Frieda Hemple' -- 1 B. Wax begonia (Begonia 'Victory Green Leaf White') -- 2 C. Ivy (Hedera helix 'Duckfoot') -- 3

Use Bright Colors
    Light, bright colours show best in shade. This planting relies on shimmering white with a touch of pink to stand out from its surroundings. A. Caladium 'Candidum' -- 3 B. Petunia 'Supertunia Mini-Silver' -- 3 C. Cosmos bipinnatus 'White Sonata' -- 2 D. Reiger begonia (Begonia 'Charisma Pink') -- 3 E. Lamium galeobdolon 'Herman's Pride' -- 3 F. Asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus) -- 2

Go with Groups
    One pot by itself looks great -- but more is better! This pink, white, and blue collection is set off by the solid green foliage of the fern behind. A. Impatiens 'Accent Bright Eyed' -- 1 B. Wax begonia (Begonia 'Senator White') -- 1 C. Browallia speciosa 'Blue Bells' -- 3 D. Pentas lanceolata 'New Look Pink' -- 1

Use Layers for Impact
    Two layers of plants create extra interest in this container. The bright caladium leaves are a perfect contrast to bold impatiens and vinca blooms. A. Caladium 'Candidum' -- 1 B. Vinca (Catharanthus 'Titan Punch') -- 3 C. Vinca (Catharanthus 'Titan Rose') -- 3 D. Impatiens 'Jungle Gold' -- 3
Use Powerful Contrasts
    The repetition of reds contrasted with a white-variegated caladium makes this grouping stand out. A. Impatiens 'Petticoat Fire' -- 1 B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Atlas') -- 1 C. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Kingwood Torch') -- 1 D. Caladium 'Candidum' -- 1

Grow a Mixed Planting
    This container offers a little of everything: annuals, perennials, and tropical vines. Mix and match different plant types for high-impact combinations. A. Hosta plantaginea -- 1 B. Mandevilla 'Alice du Pont' -- 1 C. Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita') -- 1 D. Licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare) -- 2 E. Algerian ivy (Hedera algeriensis) -- 2 F. Verbena 'Superbena Burgundy' -- 3

Try Long-Blooming Perennials in Pots
    Pots aren't just for annuals -- perennials look great, too. Here, a yellow corydalis will continue to bloom from spring to the first fall frost. A. (Corydalis lutea) -- 2

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! You gave me great ideas for my very shady yard!