The Q&A Archives: Front porch urn

Question: I have acquired 2 black urns for my front porch by the door. I would like some sort of tall tree/shrub for the urns. The porch is completely shaded. What is a good option for the urns?

Answer: As long as the urns have adequate drainage holes, you can plant Dwarf Himalayan sweetbox (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis) in a shaded area. This hardy, glossy-leaf plant will spread slowly and offers slightly fragrant flowers in late winter. For Atlanta and areas south, cast iron plant (Aspidistra) will work, too. Variegated Solomon's seal really brightens dark areas and Italian arum (Arum italicum) produces interesting, glossy leaves in the fall. The red berries are a bonus.

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