Creating containers for shade can feel like a challenge, but with some clever plant choices it’s easy to make a potted display that will shine out in shade.
For ideas and inspiration, check out these 10 container ideas for shade.
The secret to shady containers is to pick plants that will enjoy the conditions – hardy perennial plants are ideal, as well as tender bedding plants like begonias, which can take some shade. By doing this, you’ll also find there’s a varied palette of spring performers to choose from, including plants with pretty flowers, striking foliage and interesting texture.
Perennials may cost a little bit more than one-hit bedding, but since they can be moved into the garden once your potted display is past its best, they offer good value for money in the long run.
Whichever plants you choose, this foolproof formula for planting pots for shade will ensure your container display looks good.
You will need
- Multi-purpose compost with added organic matter or well-rotted leaf mould
- Small bark chippings
- Slow-release fertiliser