Create beautiful shade garden pots with easy shade loving plants & flowers. 16 colorful mixed container plant lists & great design ideas for shade gardens!
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.
If you have a sunny garden, try these: 24 colorful container garden plantings for sunny areas.
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Let’s look at 16 gorgeous shade garden pots. I made a plant list for each one of them so you can take them and go shopping!
1. Shade pots with beautiful mixed foliage
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 ’ ( Source: 1 )
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!
2. Tropical planter shade garden ideas
Recipe 2: Zantedeschia aethiopica / Calla Liliy, Alocasia lutea, Caladium ‘Sweetheart’, Adiantum tenerum / Maidenhair Fern ( Source: 2 )
3. Lush green shade garden pots filled with patterns and textures
Recipe 3: Caladium ‘White Christmas’, Adiantum tenerum / Maidenhair Fern ( Source: 3 )
4. Ferns and flowers for shade gardens
Recipe 4: Begonia Mocca Yellow, Impatiens walleriana ‘Musica Pure White’, Adiantum tenerum / Maidenhair Fern ( Source: 4 )
5. Tropical and exotic colorful container garden ideas for shade
The classic garden planter formula: thriller – filler – spiller is a great way to create layers in container gardens.
Recipe 5: Colocasia esculenta / Diamond Head, Purple Huechera, Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, Hedera helix ‘Variegata’ / Variegated English Ivy ( Source: 5 )
6. Beautiful shade loving flowers
Recipe 6: Diffenbachia / Leopard Lily, Caladium, Adiantum tenerum / Maidenhair Fern, Begonia “Angel Wing” ( Source: 6 )
7. Evergreen shade plants
This beautiful patio planter is designed with all evergreen shade loving plants.
Recipe 7: Aspidistra elatior / Cast-iron plant, Nephrolepis exaltata / Boston fern, Hedera helix ‘Variegata’ / Variegated English Ivy ( Source: 7 )
8. Showy shade planter design ideas
Choose a variety of foliage plants with different sizes, colors, and textures to create an artfully mixed planter!
Recipe 8: Nephrolepis exaltata / Boston fern, Begonia ‘Silver Angel’, White Impatiens, , Hedera helix ‘Variegata’ / Variegated English Ivy ( Source: 8 )
9. Shade garden ideas with mixed color foliage container plants
Recipe 9: Actaea racemosa, Caryopteris ‘White Surprise’, Cimicifuga atropurpurea, Hosta ‘Brenda’s Beauty ‘, Heuchera ‘Cinnabar Silver’ or similar ( Source: shadyoaks.com, no longer active)
10. Easy foliage plants for shade garden designs
Recipe 10: Coleus mixed varieties, White Impatiens, Margarita Sweet Potato Vine ( Source: 10 )
11. Colorful shade garden ideas
Recipe 11: Diffenbachia / Leopard Lily, Hypoestes phyllostachya / Polka Dot plant, Tradescantia pallida / Wandering Jew plant, Lobelia ‘Techno Blue ’, Begonia “Red Dragon Wing” ( Source: 11 )
12. Colorful foliage shade loving plants
Recipe 12: Coleus mixed varieties ( Source: 12 )
Coleus comes in so many beautiful colors and patterns! Here’s a detailed tutorial on how to easily propagate and care for Coleus!
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? 🙂
13. Simple and elegant shade flower pots
Recipe 13: Hydrangea paniculata “Limelight”: large, dense clusters of lime green flowers fade to cream and finally to pink in autumn. ( Source: 13 )
14. French country garden shade planter pots
Recipe 14: Hydrangea macrophylla : globe-shaped flowers with so many shades of pinks and blues to choose from! ( Source: 14 )
15. Colors and 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. ( Source: 15 )
16. Sweet fragrance in a white shade garden
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: 16 )
Happy spring and happy growing! =)