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Pot plant for shade

I am looking for pot plants for a very shaded small front garden.

would be great to have something visually dramatic and happy not to be watered all the time!

any suggestions?



  • I was going to suggest hostas or sarcococca but they'd need regular watering.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,967

    A couple of weeks ago Monty Don on Gardeners World had some suggestions for dry shade -

    Ivy Leaf Cyclamen hederifolium F. album
    Geranium Cantabrigiense St Ola
    Sweet Woodruff - Glaium Oderatum
    (some of my spelling may be a bit dodgy..)

    I have a spot under an acer that I'll plant up with these in the spring

    PS - whatever you plant will need to be watered for the first season until they become established

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  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Quite a lot will survive dry shade - vinca, dicentra, lamium, pachysandra, epimedium, cyclamen, alchemilla mollis, geranium. I'm sure you will find something there but none of them are dramatic. .
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,379

    Some grasses eg. Stipa Arundicea and Hachenochloa do well in shade and can look very dramatic.

    If it is a very large pot, Fatsia japonica would be great.

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  • kathy 6kathy 6 Posts: 261

    There's a lovely Fatsia japonica 'Spiders Web' that has a white variegated leaf I planted one last spring in our wooded area looks good and lights up a dark spot, hoping it doesn't need more light to keep its variegation but so far so good image

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I never water my sarcococca which is happily growing in the roots and shade of my holly tree and it grows very well.

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,342
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • My problem is to find a perennial (preferably) pot plant with colour or it will be lost because of greenery on each side of the front door.  The two square pots are about 14 inches across so a small plant is needed.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    What about trailing heuchera, it is new out in the J Parker catalogue and is a cross between heuchera and tiarella both grow happily in shade. I haven't tried it yet but they are colourful and look great.

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