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Container plants for shadyporch

Help please: suggestions for container plants, pref evergreen for a shady porch on north side of the house. Not asking much I know!


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    edited March 2021
    You can grow evergreen ferns in shade in pots. Harts’ Tongue Fern (any fern starting with ‘Asplenium’) is evergreen. 
    Sarcoccoa evergreen scented flowers jan/feb. 
    Fibrious begonia or bizzy lizzies for summer colour.
    Some clematis will work but you need a fair size pot.
    Ivy to trail over the edge.
    Fatsia but won't be a long term plant for a pot.
    It is an open porch?

  • Thanks for suggestions, yes it’s an open porch.
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 908
    Also have a look at hellebores and skimmia. For ferns, Polystichum polyblepharum is evergreen and easy to maintain — just needs all the old leaves cutting off each spring and the new ones quickly grow out
    Cambridgeshire, UK
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,823
    Astelia Nervosa or Westmoreland.  Needs minimal maintenance, looks stunning.
  • I have a similar shady front 'garden' and have bought ready to plant up in containers: Polystichum setiferum ‘Herrenhausen’; Asplenium scolopendrium; 

    Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Purple Stem’; and Vinca minor ‘Argenteovariegata’ (plus another vinca minor but can't remember what). All are evergreen. I'll be adding some other flowering plants for all year round colour; ideally snowdrops for winter and not sure yet about summer.

    "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need"
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