Shady patios can be beautified with our three container plants that will not only thrive but also provide color that is often lacking in shade garden collections. The Astilbe and Hosta are true perennials that not only come back year after year, but they will also live a very long time.
Astilbe bear showy pink, plume-like flowers on tall, stiff stalks above fern-like, glossy foliage. Hosta’s large, bold leaves have various shapes. Some leaves have deep green centers and creamy white margins that turn snowy white with age, and others have light green leaf centers that turn gold toward early summer Mauve or pale lavender funnel-shaped flowers bloom atop long scapes in mid-summer.
Among the easiest to grow of all perennials
Both Hostas and Astilbe love plenty of water, so be sure the containers receive adequate rainfall or water
Fast-growing and often fragrant
Can be divided every 3-4 years or thereafter as containers become crowded
Prefer shady spots protected from strong afternoon sun
Prolific bloomers in vibrant colors, Ranunculus asiaticus will put on a show no matter where they’re grown. Parsley-like foliage forms mounds from which strong, straight stems emerge. Cup-shaped, poppy like flowers with tightly-clustered petals bloom in shades of bright red, pink, purple, white, or yellow. Feel free cut them and bring them indoors, as this will encourage more flowering.
Crepe-paper thin petals in vibrant colors are a photographer’s delight
Long vase life makes them ideal cut flowers
Use as fillers in containers for a voluminous look