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

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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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A Begonia and Vinca Vine Container Garden Idea for Partial Shade

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Begonias are great container plants for both the summer and fall seasons.   This recipe is one of of the easiest partial shade designs to make. The quantities listed are designed to work in 24 inch diameter pots, although you can alter your own quanties for your container.

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What You Need:

  • Circle #1:  Two 4-6inch pots of Pink Begonias
  • Circle #2:  Two 4-6 inch pots White Begonias
  • Circle #3:  One Geranium
  • Four to Eight Annual Vinca Vines around the perimeter

Plant the pot according to the chart on the right, and water two to three times a week in warm weather, and once per week in cool weather.

Cool Weather Tips:

If you live in an area with cool fall and winter months where temperatures regularly dip below 40 degrees, bring the begonias and geranium indoors for the winter.