Partial Shade Container Garden; Indoor Tropicals and Exterior Annuals

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When it’s warm outside, show your interior plants some love by giving them a little freedom!  Try mixing indoor plants with your exterior annuals, and building them into your container designs!  This happy cocophany of color and texture is a montage of interior and exterior leafy greens.

Ingredients:

  • Caladium
  • Spider Plant
  • Zebra Striped Wandering Jew, Zebrina pendula
  • Purple Heart Wandering Jew
  • Red and Green Coleus
  • Deep Purple Coleus
  • Moss Rose,  Portulaca Grandiflora
  • White Begonia

If you own most of these, try them together in a large container in a partially or fully shaded area. If you don’t own some of these indoor tropicals, pick up some of the Purple Heart, Zebra Wandering Jew, or Spider Plant, at your local home and garden store, and plan to move them indoors for the winter if necessary.  Using your indoor plants outside is a great way to check their root systems, and clean out their containers at the same time for fresh usage when it gets cool again!

And remember, Caladium bulbs can be cleaned and stored indoors for use next year if you expect a snowy winter.  Check out my article on getting more usage out of your Caladium plants.

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Happy Gardening!

A Hibiscus and Caladium Container Garden

IMG 27331 A Hibiscus and Caladium Container Garden

This Caladium and Hibiscus garden is great for several reasons, the number one being that this Caladium is sun loving and can thrive in areas that used to burn out a Caladium’s big, bright leaves. Additionally, this combination is the perfect thing for soggy corner areas that seem to promote mold and rot in other plants.

Recipe For This Container Garden:

  • 1 Yellow Hibiscus Tree
  • 3 Red Flash Caladium
  • 3 Rainbow Confetti Lantana

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A Heuchera And Caladium Container

IMG 2627 A Heuchera And Caladium Container

Container gardens don’t always have to feature endless rotations of flowers, a bright collage of leafy foliage works just as well!

For this container in partial sun and shade I chose to use a few Caladium, Heuchera, and Lobelia plants, to add light and texture to an open patio corner.  Heuchera is gaining in popularity as a container plant, particularly when it is layered into a garden with several different colors.  For this container I used ‘Black Beauty,’ and ‘Caramel’ Heuchera to contrast each other.   The Caladium colors I used where ‘Pink Beauty’ and ‘White Christmas,’ and over the course of the season they should grow to be very large, and regal, making tall centerpieces in this container.

The light blue flower spilling over the edge of the pot is Lobelia erinus, which is a solid selection for any warm weather container when you need flowers, and a ground cover in one plant.

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When To Move Outdoor Caladium Plants Inside

1065118743 ba1a22a505 b When To Move Outdoor Caladium Plants Inside

Caladium are tropical natives that thrive indoors our out in warm weather, and moist conditions. Once the plant has been growing for about 8 months it will begin to wilt and die back as part of its natural cycle. In cold climates when kept outdoors, the fall months of September through November will trigger sudden complete wilting in the plant.

If nighttime temperatures in your area are beginning to regularly dip below 55 degrees, it is time to dig the plants up, cut off the foliage, and bring the bulb indoors.


 

How To Save Caladium Bulbs Indoors:

Bulbs can be saved from year to year by dusting them lightly in an antifungal powder like the common athlete’s foot powder you can pick up at your local drugstore. Once the bulb has been dusted, you can store it in a paper bag or container filled with sphagnum moss. Store your bulb containers in a cool dark place between 50 and 60 degrees.

In the late Spring bring them back out to the garden and plant them again for another year of tropical foliage.  For added impact, try adding them to a water garden container or pond.

Photo courtesy of: michael_baltic