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6 Sensational Container Recipes for Shade

6 Sensational Container Recipes for Shade

Plant a Focal Point in Your Shade Beds

Jeremy, Plant Guru at our Sacramento location, has created six recipes for shade containers to inspire your creativity. And, he has a few tips for success:
  • Shade is defined as up to five hours of morning sun, or filtered sun all day
  • Use high-quality potting soil
  • Group plants together according to water and light requirements
  • Choose some evergreen plants to maintain interest all year, and swap out annuals as seasons change
  • If the soil is dry three to four inches deep, then it's time to water
  • Deadhead and pinch plants regularly to maintain sizes and to keep flowers blooming
  • Get form and function by planting herbs as fillers
White Pot with Coral Bells, Striped Rush and Potato Vine
White Pot with Coral Bells, Striped Rush and Potato Vine
  • Thriller: Striped Rush
  • Filler: Japanese Spurge
  • Filler: Coral Bells
  • Spiller: Potato Vine 'Black Heart'
  • Spiller: Lysimachia
Grasses always look their best next to plants with large leaves. They provide a foundation that makes the blades stand out.
Impatiens, Lamium, Palm in a Purple Pot
Impatiens, Lamium, Palm in a Purple Pot
  • Thriller: Mahonia 'Soft Caress'
  • Filler: Cranesbill Geranium 'Rozanne'
  • Filler: Impatiens
  • Spiller: Lamium 'White Nancy'
The purple pot plays well with the orange Impatiens and the silvery leaves of the Lamium.
Cobalt Blue Pot with Coleus, Coral Bells and Wire Vine
Cobalt Blue Pot with Coleus, Coral Bells and Wire Vine
  • Thriller: Coleus 'Henna' and 'Hong Kong Red'
  • Filler: Coral Bells 'Peppermint Spice'
  • Spiller: Lysimachia 'Goldii'
  • Spiller: Creeping Wire Vine
  • Spiller: Lamium ‘White Nancy’
  • Spiller: Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’
Leaf color and texture take the stage in this container. Contrasting dark and light colors with a variety of leaf sizes allows you to see each plant individually.
Dark Green Pot with Foxglove, Potato Vine and Black Mondo Grass
Dark Green Pot with Foxglove, Potato Vine and Black Mondo Grass
  • Thriller: Foxglove
  • Filler: Black Mondo Grass
  • Filler: Lobelia
  • Spiller: Sweet Potato Vine
  • Spiller: Lysimachia 'Goldii'
Vibrant colors make this a winner. The intensity of the orange-pink Foxglove flowers plays well with blue, chartreuse and purple.
Black Pot with Asparagus Fern, Impatiens, and Dichondra
Black Pot with Asparagus Fern, Impatiens, and Dichondra
  • Thriller: Asparagus Fern
  • Filler: Impatiens
  • Spiller: Needlepoint Ivy
  • Spiller: Creeping Wire Vine
  • Spiller: Dichondra 'Silver Falls'
Bright green Asparagus Fern, intensely-colored Impatiens and the silver leaves of the Dichondra pop against the black pot.
Aqua Pot with  Echiveria and String of Bananas
Aqua Pot with  Echiveria and String of Bananas
  • Thriller: Echeveria varieties
  • Filler: Echeveria varieties
  • Spiller: String of Bananas
Succulents love afternoon shade in our area. As long as this container gets six hours of morning sun, it will continue to display its tapestry of color with little maintenance.
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