Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?

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Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« on: July 23, 2011, 18:49 »
Can any of you wise garden peeps out there recommend me some plants that would grow happily in pots in a shaded area of my garden?

The area is gravelled and is next to the house, gets very little sun but is quite sheltered from the wind.  I'm just wanting to break up the area a little by putting some pots around and about.

Thank you  :)
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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011, 18:51 »
Heucheras are perennial and come with a range of leaf colour.

You can get perennial fuschias too  :D
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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011, 19:02 »
Hostas grow nicely in pots in a shady corner of my patio. It has the added bonus that it is slightly harder for the slugs to reach them  ::)

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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2011, 19:06 »
Sushineband - thank you for those suggestions, I've not heard of Heucheras before  :blush: but I like the idea...

Elaine G - how could I have forgot about Hostas?!  Doh!  I do love foliage plants as much as flowering plants so that's a really good idea.  The pots will be on gravel but I suspect the slugs will still try and get across it  >:(

At this rate I should be able to get a nice mix of shapes, textures and colours   :D

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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2011, 19:10 »

http://www.growsonyou.com/gardening/heucheras

Try this for some photos of heucheras  :D :D

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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2011, 19:14 »
I googled them before reposting so I didn't seem a total numbskull. :lol:

I've been used to the more regular run of annual plants as that's what my Grandad and my Dad have always grown / planted in their gardens.  Exploring the more unusual plants is great. 

I just would prefer to get advice from green fingered people, rather than taking pot luck in the garden centre, which can be a rather expensive learning curve!


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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2011, 19:17 »
Sorry, I wasn't trying to imply you were a numbskull, just thought you might like to see some of the more recent colour introductions  :)

Back to shade loving plants : camellias do very well out of the sun  :D

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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2011, 20:05 »
I never thought you were refering to me as a numbskull, it would just have been poor of me not to follow up on someone's advice  :)

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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2011, 20:07 »
 :D :D :D

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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2011, 00:30 »
Ferns. There are so many types.......

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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2011, 20:49 »
I grow hostas, photinia red robin; heuchera, geums and ferns in pots on my north facing terrace.

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Re: Plants for growing in pots in a shady area?
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2011, 18:51 »
Thank you for all your replies - I now have plenty of ideas to be going on with  :)  :)



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