Jeanne Pifer
Jeanne Pifer
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  • Anchorage, AK
Asked on Mar 12, 2018

Container garden suggestions?

27524803AmAtHomeJeanette S


I need help with a container garden on my very small 4 ft. W x 12 ft. L and gets very little sunshine. It is facing East and shaded. Please help.

5 answers
  • AmAtHome
    on Mar 12, 2018

    What planting zone are you in? Where you're located will help with suggestions.
  • Linda Sikut
    on Mar 12, 2018

    Hi Jeanne,
    The first thing to do is figure out your hardiness zone. Alaska is 1 - 4b. Click on this page and enter your zip code to be sure.

    It looks like Anchorage is in the 4b category. I could send you pictures of plants that might work, but your best step, in my opinion, would be to go to local plants stores/nurseries that are in your area to see what's available. One that is mentioned on several lists of plants that can live in your area is coleus that has variegated colorful leaves. Coleus is a very popular shade plant in many areas because of it's colors. I hope this helps you. Wishing you the best.
  • Jeanette S
    on Mar 13, 2018

    I googled this and have found that you have to have some sun for all veggies...even herbs require 3-5 hours of sun.

    But if you are planting flowers, there are several that like shade. Goggle your planting zone and investigate!

  • AmAtHome
    on Mar 14, 2018

    Most need lots of sun, but here's a link to an article about shade options. You'll have to check what your actual USDA Zone is to pick the best plants for your area.
  • 27524803
    on Mar 14, 2018

    Check with a LOCAL nursery... there are plants that will do well in shaded conditions... but... not all will do well in cooler temperatures... or last thru the winter (we have the opposite problem here in Arizona) without being in doors or in shelter... take a walk in the woods or in your local area and see what others are growing in the same conditions... but here are some ideas for containers to use
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