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Plants for a shady place.


By andrea


Today I spent a couple of hours painting the fence at the side of the house. I really want to make the most of this space and wondered if any one can offer suggestions of shade loving plants to grow in pots?
Here are a couple of views of the space at the moment:

I have been very pleased with the pots I have planted up this year to hang on the fence, I used Diascia, white begonia,and white fushia, they are doing really well:

Just need to complete the picture with some pots. I was thinking of moving a couple of phygellius that I have in the back garden but not sure if they will be suitable. Any suggestions gratefully accepted!

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A tree fern(Dicksonia antartica) would look great, but they may need winter protection, along with Japanese shield ferns,(Very glossy evergreen leaves) Harts tongue ferns, Hostas for their fabulous leaf patterns, and Hellebores (for spring colour and foliage.) Foxgloves also look good for height among the ferns as they love shade and are happy in pots as well.You might wish to go on the website:
for more ferns that are suitable for pots.You might also wish to remove a paving slab or two, and plant one or two Clematis to scramble over the fence, or consider some varieties of Jasmine for their scented flowers.Clematis like their roots in shade.

14 Jul, 2008


I bet that Francoa sonchifolia would grow happily in a pot with some greenery - variegated Ivy? Look at it on my page. It's happily growing in the shade, Andrea! Some Hydrangeas don't seem to mind shade, if you want a biggish flowering plant/shrub.

14 Jul, 2008


How about a couple of Japanese Acers Andrea? They look so good in pots and love the shade and there's so many different colours and leaf types.They are slow growing too so no constant pruning and contrast beautifully with ferns and hostas.I love shade gardens.

15 Jul, 2008


Thanks for all your help!

16 Jul, 2008


fuchsias dont mind being in shady places, but they would not be hardy in pots over winter

10 Sep, 2008


for late summer and for height you cant beat anenome japonica hybrids. September charm, a delicate pink is good in pots. they have to be quite sizeable though.

13 Feb, 2009

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