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Magenta fritillary with ferns

Spring pots for shady spots

Published: Monday, 20 May, 2019 at 3:41 pm

Discover how to make some beautiful spring pots that will light up a shady part of your garden.

Creating spring pots for a shady spot is easier than you might think - there are lots of shade-tolerant spring bulbs, bedding plants and perennials to choose from.

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Discover how to plant up a container for shade.

We've used ferns, bulbs, violas, heucheras and bergenia for splashes of spring colour and interesting textures - most can be planted out in the garden after the display is past its best.

Try our three beautiful container recipes for inspiration.

Fern and fritillaria pot

We used:

A magenta fritillary planted with ferns
A magenta fritillary planted with ferns

Bergenia and saxifrage pot

We used:

  • 2 x Bergenia cordifolia 'Winter Glow'
  • 1 x Saxifraga x arendsii
  • 1 x glazed green pot
Bright-pink bergenia planted with saxifrage
Bright-pink bergenia planted with saxifrage

Heuchera, viola and ivy pot

We used:

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Lime heuchera foliage with mauve violets and variegated ivy in a steel bucket
Lime heuchera foliage with mauve violets and variegated ivy in a steel bucket
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