shade - Knowledgebase Question

Homer Glen, Il
Question by dmss12
April 28, 2010
I am a hd associate and am doing a presentation for a garden club next week. I would love some suggestion on plants to use for a shaded area in pots or planters. Thanks

Answer from NGA
April 28, 2010


I know you'll have a great time giving your presentation. Be sure to suggest using potting soil in the planters and hanging baskets because it drains well yet holds just the right amount of moisture for plant roots, and why not suggest using unusual containers? As long as they have adequate drainage, gardeners can use items such as tin cans, watering cans (that can no longer hold enough water to be considered useful), old garden boots, very large tomato cans from the local pizza shop (with colorful graphics on the front), etc. These can all make attractive containers for plants. Antique shops, garages, and storage sheds are gold mines for potential containers.

Trailing, vining plants are naturals for containers, hanging baskets and planters. For shady spots, consider Kenilworth Ivy?Cymbalaria muralis; Glory Flower?Eccremocarpus scaber; Fuchsia; Heliotrope?Heliotropium aborescens; Impatiens?Impatiens wallerana and hybrids; Morning Glory?Ipomoea spp.; Meadow Foam?Limnanthes douglasii; Starglory?Mina Lobata; Chilean Bellflower?Nolana paradoxa; nasturtium (Tropaeolum), flowering tobacco(Nicotiana), pansy (Viola), lobelia (Lobelia), bachelor button (Centaurea), Pinks (Dianthus), bells of Ireland (Moluccella), forget-me-not (Myosotis), baby blue eyes (Nemophila), and perilla (Perilla). Elephant ear (Colocasia) is great for a large planter. Enjoy your presentation!

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