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!
A couple of weeks ago Monty Don on Gardeners World had some suggestions for dry shade -
Ivy Leaf Cyclamen hederifolium F. albumGeranium Cantabrigiense St OlaSweet 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
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.
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
I never water my sarcococca which is happily growing in the roots and shade of my holly tree and it grows very well.
How about a big fern?
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.
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.