Forum home Plants

Best Thriller plants for partial shaded area

What is your go-to for a Thriller plant to be used in container pots placed in a shaded area?

Also, what would you plant in a slender chimney pot?


  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,730
    Heucheras,they do better in semi shade, amazing colours, flowers band evergreen,slender chimney pot,creeper like vinca
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,066
    trailing begonias

  • SophieKSophieK Wimbledon, LondonPosts: 242
    For a chimney pot, I'd go for a trailing plant (lobelia or calibrachoa, for example).

    For shady areas, there are so many options including some dazzling hydrangea, but it all depends on the sizes of the pots. I have a large container in the shade which has hellebores, a dark leafed euphorbia, bergenias, and epimedium. When the weather warms up, I'll have pots with Coleus, Colocasia, and Caladium.
  • Great suggestions.  Thank you!
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,730
    OK Fire I bow to you, I was thinking perennials, but they would be fantastic,on their own, but for once I didn't think to ask size of pot!
  • carletonexoticcarletonexotic YorkshirePosts: 73
    I'd go for a young tree fern such as Dicksonia Antarctica or Cyathea Cooperii. Both throw out huge fronds, even on young plants, and using a chimney pot for height would mean you could buy a cheaper, young plant and not lose out of the height of a more mature plant.
    An exotic jungle garden in West Yorkshire: 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,453
    Actaea simplex like Pink Spike or Brunette would be nice as you get the dark foliage then the scented pink/white flower spikes in late summer/autumn
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,066
    edited April 2021
    For a slender chimney pot, I would put a pot on top and put in a trailing plant.

    Euphorbia Diamond Frost is also lovely, but not hardy.

  • My Brunnera Siberian bugloss seems to be happy in the shade. Gets about ane hour or two sun in the summer months 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,629
    Astelia.  It's the one in the middle pot.  This variety is Astelia nervosa Westland, which has a bronze tint to the silver foliage.

    In our current garden we have Astelia chathamica Silver Spear, which is more Silver, but just as lovely.  Needs minimal watering and maintenance.  Slow growing, can be divided.
Sign In or Register to comment.