What plants can I use for a deck garden?

I have only a deck & an entryway with steps at my townhome for summer gardening. Since the trees have grown so tall I no longer get the sunlight I need for many of the beautiful flowers. I also have Orioles & Hummingbirds & I use railing planters for most of my planting. Any suggestions?
q what plants can i use for a deck garden
q what plants can i use for a deck garden
  13 answers
  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 10, 2018
    Pick shady varities like pansy, violets, lillies etc. I'm sure your local nursery can hook you up.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Feb 10, 2018
    Petunias, philodendrons, succulents, and sweet williams would all do well there.

  • Donna Donna on Feb 11, 2018
    Also, incorporate some mosquito repellent like marigolds and lemongrass.

  • Pascale Nguyen Pascale Nguyen on Feb 11, 2018
    Geraniums, comes in many colors!

  • Anne Wingate Anne Wingate on Feb 11, 2018
    It depends on your climate, including microclimate

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 11, 2018
    shade varieties....torenia,caladium,coleous,non-stop begonia, bon-fire begonia, sweet potato vine,dracena spikes, new guinea impatience,

  • Lindy Lindy on Feb 11, 2018
    I'm originally from Minneapolis so I am familiar with the summer temps and at times almost tropical humidity. Those 10 thousand lakes can play havoc on a good hair day not happening LOL. OK---sweet potato vines should do well--mine get little sun and thrive. Geraniums if kept watered should be OK if they get some sun. Alyssum is a great border, petunias -but beware of aphids (I cant plant them any longer because of that), zinnias are colorful, and perky. Mix your flower rather than having, for instance, a pot of dusty miller or a pot of one kind of flower. This will bring interest and unity to the whole area. Just my rambling thoughts on a rainy Sunday morning,

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 11, 2018
    I had good luck with tuberous begonias brightening up my shadier areas, the orangey red and the bright yellow really show well! They stayed nice up until the first frost.

  • Lynn Lynn on Feb 11, 2018
    If u have a shade garden use can use patio planters or plant in beds around your yard.. Find out what zone you live in at a local garden centre. Make sure you use potting soil for patio planters. You can plant Hosta either in pots or in the garden. There are only 8000 different varieties. Mini, small, medium, large, giant. Mix with different grasses, favourite is Hakone. Ferns, my favourite is Japanese Painted Ferns. You can plant Perennials or seasonal plants, just check with the garden centre and read the tags that come with the plants. Enjoy

  • Diana Diana on Feb 11, 2018
    I plant sweet potato vines, impatiens, and blue Veronica in my semi-shade pots and they look beautiful all summer. I also love ferns, hostas, and begonias.

  • Ginny Ginny on Feb 16, 2018
    Looks like you have scads of lovely flowers already.

  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Feb 18, 2018
    I do lots of hostas in different colors. They do great in large pots and my hummingbirds love it when they flower. Hostas are easy to grow in pots and they multiply so you can split them up every few years.

  • V Smith V Smith on Feb 18, 2018
    Ferns, Coleus, Vinca, Impatients and non stop begonias