Need ideas for container

tami58June 6, 2008

I need some ideas for shade plants that are going in whiskey barrels. I would like something a little different than the impatiens & coleas. I'm sticking with annuals in it for this year as my budget for new plants for this year is about shot. I would love to plant perrenials in it & probably will for next year. How do sweet potato vines do in shade? I am reading conflicting views on them. Would a canna lily work for the middle? I never had these before & am wondering how they would do. The area where they will be is under trees so there is only dappled sunlight at best.

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I have two containers on a north facing porch that I have placed sweet potato vines (along with other annuals) in annually for the last three years. They only received about an hour of direct sun in the morning and shade the rest of the day. They do wonderful, practically taking over the porch by October.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 11:07AM
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I was wondering if sweet potato vine would work. There are some beautiful variations of it out there now. Thanks I'll give that a try.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2008 at 11:38AM
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I know you are sticking to annuals due to $$$. What you might consider, though, is one beautiful, smaller hosta, and then put a few shade-loving annuals around it. I did that years ago, and now the hosta has taken over the whiskey barrel. It looks like a beautiful fountain, and now I don't have to plant anything else in the barrel, which saves me $$ in the long run. You can get one smaller hosta for the same price, or less than, a bunch of annuals. I hope I helped you.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 9:42AM
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