Magenta fritillary with ferns

Spring pots for shady spots

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

Creating spring containers for a shady spot is easier than you might think – there are lots of shade-tolerant 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 bergenias 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.

The secret is to pick hardy perennial plants rather than tender bedding.

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