Ideas for formal container plants in shady, small area?

rjezMay 21, 2003

The area is a small porch by the front door. 1-2 hours of morning sun. In large planter. I'd love a formal looking tree but everything needs more sun.

The only plants that have thrived in this area has been clivia and fuschia.

I currently have an australian tree fern which I will need to move. It leans to get more sun.

Does anyone have ideas for something that is formal looking but can take these conditions? I also suspect the air circulation is not great since 2 azalea trees, 2 azaleas and 1 rhododendron have died.

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Would Boston ferns or boxwood (buxus) work for you? I have Ferns in Urns on a small entry porch (columns) out front, and a boxwood in another urn at the bottom. In my zone, the ferns can't take the winter, but the boxwood does well in it's container. How would these do in your zone?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2003 at 1:01AM
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Thanks Cynthia ... those should do well.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2003 at 4:30PM
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I too am having a problem putting something in a large stone pot on a north facing side of my garage. I live in the Las Vegas area so summers are hot and dry but I get very little sun in the late afternoon on that north facing wall.
I need some suggestions for a plant that will grow about 3 to 4 feet tall in that pot. Thank you.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 3:12PM
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