I need a shade loving plant that does not need much watering.

MichukMichuk Posts: 32

I have a balcony above my front door and would like to add a container of plants under it.

It does get some light but no water ~(apart form what i would give it). Do you have any ideas of a suitable plant. I would like something with colour and flowers.


  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,017

    Hmm...I think a wide range of plants would suit your container.Assuming it received regular watering,the water wouldn't be an issue.If the container gets 'some' light,can we assume this means partial shade.Foxgloves spring to mind or anemones,or woodland bulbs such as bluebells or snowdrops.

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,255

    Astilbes like the shade and hydrangas,  ladys mantle, bleeding heart, hostas, hellebores, lupins, heucheras and some clematis. But as fishy said they do need watering.

  • B3B3 Posts: 5,126

    Hardy geraniums

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Some fuschias and astilbes

  • MichukMichuk Posts: 32

    do any of these flower in summer?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    All of them do.  Another one to consider are the New Guinea Impatiens hybrids - they'll flower all summer and autumn, lots of lovely colours, happy in shade, but they do need watering! http://www.burpee.com/flowers/impatiens/impatiens-(new-guinea)-hot-divine-mix-hybrid-prod000226.html 

    You can buy them ready to plant in your tub from most garden centres at this time of year. 

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Lupins, hardy geraniums and fuchsia's flower in summer so would some clematis.

  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,670

    Are you thinking of permanent planting or summer bedding? If the latter, fibrous rooted begonias or busy lizzies will both do well in shade and will flower all summer long. If it's the former, I can't think of many long flowering perennial plants for shade apart from alchemilla, dicentra, pulmonaria, pachysandra, vinca minor........Perhaps the addition of a variegated small shrub like Euonymus would brighten the spot up.


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