Help: Central Plant for Shade Container Arrangement?

HFK123(Oklahoma City)July 21, 2005


I have placed two new planters on my front porch. There 's not much direct sunlight within the porch: what little direct lighting there is consists of late-afternoon sun. However, there is lots of indirect sunlight. I've placed three Lysimachia Nummularia "Goldie"/"Creeping Jenny" in each planter. I've read that it's fine in shade and has a tendency to cascade. I'd like suggestions for a central plant, and would prefer something easy to find in local (Oklahoma City) nurseries, dark-green, cheap, and durable (I am a relative beginner with plants, and have a tendency to kill them in various, although accidental, ways). Perhaps some version of Monkey Grass (Japonicus?) would do? The inner diameter of the planters is about 13".

Here are some pictures of them in place, with the "Creeping Jenny":

Thanks for your help.

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Caladium has done well for me when nothing else works.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2005 at 8:32PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

The only way to find plants that are readily available in local nurseries is for you to go to them - from way out here it is hard for forum people to guess. I don't know about the big box stores, where I gather a lot of people buy plants, but at nurseries you are likely to find people with a wealth of good, locally applicable advice, along with the plants!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2005 at 12:03PM
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karen_b(6a s.c. PA)

ferns & caladiums. I've tried others shade loving plants, these fill the pots nicely.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2005 at 1:14PM
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kmickleson(z9 CA)

You will find that one lysmachia per pot is more than adequate, and certainly that 3 is too many! They spread quickly & more than one will dominate the root system of whatever else you put in the pot. Take out 2 from each pot & find somewhere else for them. You won't regret it!

I'd look at various Carex or 'sedge' plants. They're mostly evergreen grass type plants which do well in shade. See Carex pendula and Carex flagellifera 'Kiwi' on the link below. Also, liriope is a good structural, strappy plant to contrast with the chartreuse of lysmachia. Then, you could add one calendula bulb per pot for color, perhaps some daffs or tulips for color before the calendula comes up in spring It would be a nice mix.


Here is a link that might be useful: Carex page

    Bookmark   August 5, 2005 at 3:08PM
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