Not everyone is blessed with a south facing garden. Portions of our outdoor spaces may be either north facing and in shade all year round, or have sunlight blocking, tree cover. But what on earth can we grow in the darker areas of our garden? This article lists some of the best flowering plants to grow in hanging baskets for areas of shade.
Believe it or not; there are plenty of plants that have a preference for shade. Plants that are accustomed to woodland environments where sunlight is mottled to non-existent can thrive perfectly well against a north facing wall.
TRAILING & bushy PLANTS for a north facing garden
The following is a list of plants that will add colour to hanging baskets in shaded areas of the garden. Such plants will require a little less watering than hanging basket plants at the mercy of the summer sun. Some of the following plants will happily tolerate heavy shade. Others, will not do as well and prefer partial shade.
Heavy Shade loving plants
For heavy shade, there are limitations. It is better to aid for high impact foliage, as opposed to flowers.
Partial Shade loving plants
Shady areas that get some sunlight can afford much more colour.
- Busy Lizzie
- Trailing Begonia
- Trailing Viola & Pansy
- Ivy Geranium
- Lobelia Erinus
If you are looking for other plants to fill your baskets, then think “forest/Jungle” and “trailing”. There are so many to choose. If you have any suggestions, please to add them to the comments below. I would love to hear your success stories with growing hanging basket plants in shade.