One of my friends mentioned that she really has a hard time with a few pots that live underneath the overhang of her home, and thus are in a very dry, shady spot. Inspired by Jayme’s dilemma, I thought I would come up with a few ideas for those of you who also have shady garden spots.
A. Foxglove (Digitalis) ‘Sliver Fox’ – Bred to be compact enough for containers, this foxglove has white to pale pink flowers and foliage tinted silver. Each plant sends up 3 or 4 flowering stems, laden with hooded 1- to 2-inch blooms. (24 inches tall; part shade; zone 4-8)
B. Dead Nettle (Lamium) ‘White Nancy’ – Lamiums are one of my favorite spillers. The form nice cascading clouds of of variegated foliage that spills gracefully over the side of the pot.
C. Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla) ‘Thriller’ – Billowing heads of soft yellow green star-shaped flowers and soft, light green, fuzzy leaves that hold droplets of dew that glisten in the sun. (12 inch mounds; part shade; zones 3-8)
I’m going to post some more ideas later this week, but in the meantime, check out out these previous posts on container gardening in the shade: