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A1y55a
Jan 28, 2018 9:09 AM CST
I am fairly new to gardening and decided to tackle this small shady porch I have. Last year I had just a couple of pots with some impatients. I would love to expand my variety and skill here. Does anyone have any recommendations for what flowering shade loving plants would look nice in this spot? Thank you so much!!
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Name: Sue
SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
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Zuni
Jan 28, 2018 9:35 PM CST
A1y55a said:I am fairly new to gardening and decided to tackle this small shady porch I have. Last year I had just a couple of pots with some impatients. I would love to expand my variety and skill here. Does anyone have any recommendations for what flowering shade loving plants would look nice in this spot? Thank you so much!!
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@A1y55a Wow, your impatiens look great. Are you looking for plants that will fit on the porch area in front of the doors only? That limits you. You could put a hanging basket next to the doors. Do you care if it's just an annual? A hanging basket with some nasturtium would be pretty. Lots of options for annuals in hanging baskets.

Or you could replace the small pots in the corner with a large pot with something tall in it, and the impatiens around the bottom.

I'm not familiar with what grows great in Austin. But, just using my decorator eye here - I think I'd go for a large, tall pot that would fit in that corner, and find out what kind of tall upright plant you could plant in it, with impatiens in the bottom of the pot. And maybe hang a couple of hanging pots with something trailing on the wall space next to the doors. on the outsides from the corner.

Another idea - if you don't mind closing off the left hand side of that little porch, you could put a tall thin planter along that edge and plant some grasses or flowers in it. You would have to go straight off the porch, though, and go around the little patio to get to the metal garbage can if you did that. But, it might look kind of cool. You could even plant some bamboo in it, maybe, if you wanted to create a "wall" or screen between the entryway and the garbage can.

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Lakeside
Jan 28, 2018 9:53 PM CST
I grow caladiums in pots on my porch. They do well and I like the splash of color they provide.
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