Are you looking for the best potted plants for shade covered porches or entry ways? If you need colorful shade loving plants for entry ways or containers, this list of the best potted plants for shaded porch es will spruce up your curb appeal in a jiffy! Shade plants don’t have to be boring or ugly when you use this list as a guide.
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Today, Angela England from Untrained Housewife ahres her tips for choosing beautiful and colorful potted plants for shade. Just because you you have shady conditions at home, doesn’t mean that your entry way or container plantings need to be colorless and dull.
Colorful Potted Plants for Shade Loving Containers or Shady Entry Ways
Heavy shade can be one of the most challenging garden situations for gardeners to deal with, but often porches, patios or overhangs create deep shade.
Whether you want to create a porch or patio container accent piece, or increase curb appeal with colorful plants in an entry way garden, these shade-tolerant plants can help gardeners working in full shade. You need to take the shade into consideration when choosing the right plants for your space.
Coralbells for Foliage and Flowers Is a Beautiful Shade Loving Plant
Coralbells (Heuchera) do well in shade container combinations because they need well-drained soil and will tolerate even deep shade. Heuchera plants grow 1-3′ tall and wide, making them versatile to use in a variety of container combinations. In large shade containers, they act as filler plants, giving lots of body and filling in the gaps around larger accent pieces.
In small shade containers, heuchera becomes a taller focal point by using one of the larger cultivars and more eye-catching foliage color choices. Coralbells are available in a very wide variety of color options from dark maroon, to bright green chartreuse colors.
Lily-of-the-Valley for Fragrance – Make Great Spring Shade Plants
These delicate looking flowers are some of the hardiest bulbs to grow in containers and tolerate full-shade. Like many shade flowers, lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis) blooms in the spring and prefers moist, rich soil. The bell-shaped flowers are usually white, but there is a cultivar that produces pink blooms as well. Hardy to zone 3, lily of the valley plants are a great addition to many garden landscapes. I love adding lily of the valley plants into the shade gardens and containers for their sweet fragrance.
Shade Loving Plants like Caladiums offer Bright Foliage and Long Lasting Shade Color
One of the absolute favorite shade plants of all time, caladiums do very well in deep shade and are one of the easiest bulbs to grow in containers. That’s because caladiums should also be planted in well-draining soil, so they tend to do well in container combinations. Gardeners who are wondering how to grow caladium bulbs are sometimes just told – put them in the ground and let them do their thing.
Caladiums grown for their attractive foliage which is usually variegated in two or three of the following colors; green, white, red, pink, rose or salmon. The leaves grow in rounded, heart-shaped leaves or thinner lance-shaped leaves with a variety of edgings as well. Hundreds, if not thousands, of cultivars are available but most caladiums grow around 1-2′ tall and wide.
Shade Plants like Begonia can be One of the Best Potted Plants for Shaded Porch
Begonias have not only beautiful flowers, but some cultivars have highly attractive foliage. One cultivar I saw at a garden center recently called ‘Benitochiba’ was a stunning purple color! Choosing purple or maroon foliaged begonias makes a great contrasting choice to the green, white or silver caladiums in a container combination.
Begonias make excellent container plants for shade containers because they need well-drained soil that isn’t too soggy. They also have long growing seasons so you won’t have to switch out the container plants very often. Plant begonia tubers in the spring and enjoy the wide variety of flower colors. Add interest to containers or shade gardens by choosing a rounded, or weeping, begonia and then watch them trail!
Do you have a favorite shade loving plant I didn’t mention? Share it in the comments!
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