Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:15
I have the same problem. A tub with a Goldcrest conifer does give a lovely splash of bright green. Two tubs in the shade are planted with tulips for the spring, and geraniums for the summer - and both flower well. I also have two hanging baskets which don't get any sun at all! These are filled with the usual geraniums, fuschias, verbenas, petunias, lobelia, etc. I get round the lack of sun by having two baskets on the back wall which get sun all day long (when we are lucky enough to have any!). Each week I take the baskets down to dead-head them and then put them back again the other way around. So each basket gets a week of sun followed by a week of shade! They look great! I guess you could also do this with tubs, but they would be heavier to move. Hope this helps.