I need suggestions for Plants for my porch pots, please

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Hi, I want to put out a beautiful pot next to a bench on my front porch. Problem it is totally shade.

Can anyone please help me with suggestions.? Please don't use the latin terminology or classification.

Also, please tell me how to plant them. Root bound, plenty of space et.

Thanks so much.
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  • Kaye Kaye on Mar 27, 2017
    Hi, I want to put out a beautiful pot next to a bench on my front porch. Problem it is totally shade.

    Can anyone please help me with suggestions.? Please don't use the latin terminology or classification.

    Also, please tell me how to plant them. Root bound, plenty of space et.

    Thanks so much.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 27, 2017
    Depending on the size of the pot,there are plenty of colorful annuals for shade. Non-stop begonia,Caladiums,New Guniea Impatients,Coleus,Fuchsia,Diamondfrosteuphorbia,and Wishbone flower comes to mind.
  • Claude Claude on Mar 27, 2017
    If it's moist and warm with bright light not direct sun you may even get a fragrant one to grow like jasmine.

  • Vicky Vicky on Mar 28, 2017
    Impatiens come in many colors. Asparagus ferns are lovely. Airplane ferns too
  • Cath Marshall Cath Marshall on Mar 29, 2017
    Totally shade is not easy to grow in. I recommend to research under shade plants. Most So Cal plants require full sun, so you can experiment. All gardening and trial and error. Some plants don't like certain soils, or exposures, or full sun, or full shade. Long time gardeners it is trial and error. Start small and then get brave.
  • 7218805 7218805 on Mar 31, 2017
    Hostas for me every time! They fill in beautifully, you can cut them up when they get too big and transplant them...just google hostas or do a search on youtube for all the information you'll need.
  • Elaine Elaine on Mar 31, 2017
    Any kind of fern loves shade (although I find Asparagus fern loves sun), Hostas (as Lynn49 suggested); Begonias; shade-type Impatiens; and Caladiums are the first that come to mind. However, just Google "shade loving plants" and you'll see a much more extensive list. If it's a pot that's going to sit on the floor and not a table, many times, I plant Palm trees. Then in the Fall, I hose them down (in case of any unwanted insects) and enjoy them all Winter. Palm trees definitely add a dramatic and exotic note and are VERY easy to care for!
  • Kaye Kaye on Mar 31, 2017
    As I live in Wisconsin, Palm trees are definitely out. And I really like them. I am going to jump in the Begonias, Impatiens and Caladiums. Hopefully I can find a shade Loving ivy as I love them in pots.

    Thanks Everyone.
  • Lisa hudspeth Lisa hudspeth on Mar 31, 2017
    Hostas, astilbe, bleeding hearts, elephant ear, banana, periwinkle (vine/ground cover), ivy for something that is perennial (comes back every year -- unless they are in pots that freeze or squirrels dig them up. Caladium, coleus, impatiens, begonias of every variety for annuals that you need to plant every year. However, if you have a really good natural area and impatiens can reseed themselves if the ground is not disturbed.
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