The Q&A Archives: Plant suggestions for container gardening

Question: I have a second-floor balcony that gets no sun. I want to try a container garden. Do you have any plant suggestions, esp flowering ones?

Answer: There are a number of plants you can mix and match to have a colorful and attractive shade garden on your balcony. Here are a few suggestions: Impatiens, Lobelia, Heuchera spp. (Coralbells); Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern); Hosta spp.; Anemone; Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris); Aquilegia spp.(Columbine); Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower); Arisaema triphylla (Jack-in-the-Pulpit); Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern); Aruncus dioica (Goat?s Beard); Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells); Astilbe; Cinnamon Fern; Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern); Osmunda claytonia (Interrupted Fern); Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern); Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern); Bergenia cordifolia (Heart-Leaf Bergenia); Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob?s Ladder); Brunnera macrophylla (Siberian Bugloss); Polygonatum spp. (Solomon?s Seal); Campanula spp. (Bluebells); Polystichumacrostichoides (Christmas Fern); Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Snakeroot); Primula (Primrose); Pulmonaria (Lungwort); Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman?s Britches); Smilacina spp.(False Solomon?s Seal); Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart); Stylophorum diphyllum (Celandine Poppy); Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting Star); Thalictrum aquilegiifolium (Columbine Meadow Rue); Dryopteris spp. (Shield Fern); Tiarella cordifolia (Foam Flower); Epimedium spp. (Bishop?s Hat); Trillium ; Erythronium americanum (Trout Lily); Trollius europaeus (European Globeflower); Helleborus orientalis (Lenten Rose) and Uvularia grandiflora (Bellwort). Best wishes with your balcony garden!

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