Answer: There are a number of shade tolerant annuals you can use, and what's nice about annuals is that you can change them with the seasons. Choices include impatiens, dead nettle, pansy, ornamental kale, and trailing fuchsia.
Perennials adapted to shade include:
Madenhair Fern (Adiantum pedaturm), grows 10-18 in. with fine-textured foliage.
Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) 6-9 in., blue flsowers
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) 1-2 ft. Woodland native. Needs moist soil
Wild Ginger (Asarum), 6-10 in. Creeping rootstalks and leaves have ginger-like fragrance
Lady Fern (Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum') 2-3 ft. An easy to grow fern
Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis) 6-12 in.
Shield or Wood Fern (Dryopteris) 2-3 ft. Large group of ferns
Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoraturm) 6-8 in. Plants produce white fragrant flowers in spring
Hosta 4-36 in. Dependable perennial. Numerous species and varieties available
Yellow Archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) 12-18 in. Yellow flowers, silver variegated foliage, also known as Galeobdolon luteum
Spotted Deadnettle (Lamium maculatum) 6-8 in. Trailing, most often used as a groundcover, but looks great in hanging baskets and planter boxes.
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) 1-2 ft. Early spring-blooming perennial. Plants produce nodding clusters of blue flowers.
Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) 2-4 ft. Fertile fronds resemble cinnamon sticks
Japanese Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis) 6-8 in. Groundcover. Often winterburns in exposed sites.
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) 12-18 in. Woodland native.
Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum) 2-5 ft. Woodland native. Long, arching stems bear greenish white flowers.
Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum spp.) 18 in. Produces bright yellow flowers and deeply cut, oak-like leaves
Merrybells (Uvularia spp.) 1-2 ft. Woodland native. Produces nodding, yellow flowers
Hope these suggestions help you plant a lovely planter box!
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