Most of us have some kind of shady spots around our homes and gardens. A few garden pots filled with lush and colorful plantings can really brighten up these shade area and add splashes of happiness.
There are many beautiful and easy to care for plants that thrive in the shade. Some have striking and showy foliage, some have beautiful and fragrant flowers.
Let’s look at 16 gorgeous shade garden pots. I made a plant list for each one of them so you can take it and go shopping!
Before we start, I want to share a super cool trick! Even if you don’t have a yard, you can check out how to grow lots of these shade loving plants indoors in glass bottles and water!
Now let’s look at our 16 colorful shade garden pots!
1 & 2. Beautiful foliage mixed planters with all kinds of shapes and colors
Recipe 1: Start from top right – Coleus ‘Sedona’, Heuchera ‘Spellbound’, ‘Gartenmeister’ Fuchsia, Oxalis ‘Iron Cross’, Golden Feverfew, Fuchsia ‘Autumnale’, Setcreasea pallida ‘Purple Heart’, Lobelia ‘Techno Blue ’
3 & 4. Lush green shade garden pots filled with patterns and textures
Recipe 3: Caladium ‘White Christmas’, Adiantum tenerum / Maidenhair Fern
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5 & 6. Tropical and exotic colorful container plants
Recipe 5: Colocasia esculenta / Diamond Head, Purple Huechera, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, Hedera helix ‘Variegata’ / Variegated English Ivy
7 & 8. The classic planter formula: thriller-filler-spiller
Recipe 7: Aspidistra elatior / Cast-iron plant, Nephrolepis exaltata / Boston fern, Hedera helix ‘Variegata’ / Variegated English Ivy
9 & 10. Shades of greens container plants
Recipe 9: Actaea racemosa, Caryopteris ‘White Surprise’, Cimicifuga atropurpurea, Hosta ‘Brenda’s Beauty ‘, Heuchera ‘Cinnabar Silver’ or similar
11 & 12. Love hot pinks in shade plants
Recipe 11: Diffenbachia / Leopard Lily, Hypoestes phyllostachya / Polka Dot plant, Tradescantia pallida / Wandering Jew plant, Lobelia ‘Techno Blue ’, Begonia “Red Dragon Wing”
13 & 14. Simple and elegant shade planter pots
The next few shade garden pots are planted with single variety plantings. You can always add some trailing plants to create more layers, but sometimes less is more, don’t you think? 🙂
Recipe 13: Hydrangea paniculata “Limelight”: large, dense clusters of lime green flowers fade to cream and finally to pink in autumn.
15 & 16. Sweet fragrance in shade gardens
Recipe 15: Clivia miniata, a beautiful winter bloomer with sweet perfume, looks lovely with trailing plants such as Creeping Jenny or Dichondra.
Recipe 16: Trachelospermum jasminoides / Star Jasmine, an evergreen vine that produces highly fragrant, white blossoms. Smaller shade loving ground-covers such as Heucheras or English Ivy are perfect planting companions. ( Source: 15 | 16 )
Happy spring and happy growing! =)