30 SҺade-Lovιng Container Gɑrden Ideas For Covered Porches

Lenten Rose Ramble
PHOTO: ROB CARDILLO

Some containers have all the sun. Although, these shady planters are having plenty of fun without it. Plants like caladiums and creeping Jenny will thrive in the shade and add great color and movement to your planters. Shade-loving flowers aren’t too hard to find. Try impatiens, coleus, sweet potato vines, vincas, violas, petunias, pansies, hostas, astilbes, and trilliums. They look great and will thrive in full to partial shade.

Ask around at your local garden store, and you’ll be able to locate any one of these shade-tolerant container ideas. Don’t forget to think vertical when designing your containers. We love pots and planters, but a hanging basket is a great elevated planter option, which will make a statement and take advantage of any vertical space.

We gathered our favorite shade-loving containers to inspire your planting this season. If you have a shady yard or want to perk up a shaded spot in your home, at your front door, porch, or around your patio, find a pretty, easily-managed shade-loving container plant.

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Shade-Loving Brights

Colorful Porch Container
LAUREY W.GLENN

Plant ‘Red Giant’ mustard, pansies, Littletunia series petunias, and ‘Red Russian’ kale for a container that will thrive in the shade. Use plants to complement its container and add a pop of color. In a typically shaded area, introducing any color will brighten the space.

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Thriving Without Sun

Shade Container with Green Plants
ROBBIE CAPONETTO; PRODUCED BY MARK THOMPSON

Before you reach for the typical fern, try this more sophisticated foliage combo. The textural leaves of these four tropical-inspired plants make a splash, especially when added to a simple white container. We used elephant’s ear, rex begonia, nephthytis, and crisp blue fern.

Let the elephant’s ear stand tall and proud, taking center stage, while all of the smaller plantings fill in around the edges beautifully. These picks require regular water, so keep the soil moist and place the container out of direct light. Elephant’s ear can break in the wind, so shield it from summer storms.

If you’re looking for a little more color, consider adding a vivid pink or red caladium.

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Made for Shade

Metal Wall Hanging Container Garden with Summer Plants
DESIGN BY MARK THOMPSON; PHOTO: ROBBIE CAPONETTO; PROP STYLING: BUFFY HARGETT MILLER

Brighten a blank patio wall with a vertical garden. Choose a matching set of planters to keep the focus on the plants to add harmony to the space. Change the florals or plants in every container to create more interest.

Drill drainage holes in the bottoms of the containers. Make three additional holes in the front of each, and then use tin snips to cut out triangular openings that are large enough to fit one plant. Fill containers with potting soil and plants before mounting.

The left container includes shrimp plant, ‘Aqua Marine’ pilea, variegated Pteris fern, selaginella, sword fern, and arrowhead vine. Similar plants reside in the container on the right, while the middle adds asparagus fern, ‘Triostar’ stromanthe, and Neon’ pothos. These picks will withstand late-summer heat with regular water in part to full shade.

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Shady Container

Shady Container
RALPH ANDERSON

This bright container will illuminate even the shadiest porch corner. Start with a cast-iron plant and add caladiums, impatiens, and a creeping fig for a lively arrangement. The neutral planter allows the plant combination to shine.

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Spectacular Six

Spectacular Six
SOUTHERN LIVING

These plants will thrive together. Add coleus, verbena, fan flower, Joseph’s coat, calibrachoa, and petunias for a vibrant container, the variety of which is as fun to look at as it is easy to maintain. Because these plants share similar shade and water requirements, they’ll be happy as clams in a container together.

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Bold Blossoms

Bold Blossoms
SOUTHERN LIVING

Pansies and violas are ideal choices for containers in shady spots. They’re compact and cheery, and they’ll add just the right infusion of vibrant color to an area of shadow. Plant ‘Penny Red with Blotch’ violas in several containers and arrange them in a row for an easy vignette in an undeniably bold crimson shade.

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Style in the Shade

Style in the Shade
DAVID HILLEGAS

It’s easy to maintain, and oh, does it look gorgeous. This made-for-shade container garden makes its home in an elevated planter, which gives the creeping Jenny plenty of space to spill out and dangle. ‘Celebration’ and ‘Florida Sweetheart’ caladiums add vibrant color, and the white wishbone flower is a lovely filler plant. Set it in the shade and water it often.

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Verdant Vibes

Verdant Vibes
ALISON MIKSCH

This container will thrive in part sun and part shade. It’s a lively mix of colors and styles. Maroon Joseph’s coat, green coleus, and yellow creeping Jenny lend a vibrant touch to a container you can move anywhere in your yard that you need a pick-me-up.

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Lenten Rose Ramble

Lenten Rose Ramble
ROB CARDILLO

Lenten roses, or hellebores, are an excellent choice for a shady container. Complement pink Lenten roses with yellow Acorus, lime green euphorbias, purple violas, and variegated ivy.

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Golden Gems

Golden Gems
LAUREY W. GLENN

This mix of ‘Ogon’ golden sweet flags, ‘Matrix Yellow Blotch’ pansies, and ‘Penny Clear Yellow’ violas add a punch of cheerful gold to your fall container style. Using different flower varieties in the same colors adds cohesion to your container gardens without appearing too similar. Mixing flower varieties of slightly different shades is also a great way to add interest without overwhelming a space with color.

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Late-Summer Stunner

Late-Summer Stunner
DAVID HILLEGAS

This cheery container is a versatile one. It’s a gorgeous addition to your garden style in July, August, and September. ‘Rustic Orange’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides), Compact ‘Hot Coral’ SunPatiens (Impatiens sp.), ‘Yellow Moon’ wishbone flower (Torenia sp.) will thrive in a mix of sun and partial shade. The late summer heat may require attention to the container’s time spent in the shade or sunlight.

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Window Box Wow

Window Wow
LAUREY W. GLENN

This verdant window box gets its calling card from the spectrum of green on these lovely leaves—from pale white to chartreuse to forest greens. Plant ‘Aaron’ white caladium, ‘Key Lime Pie’ heuchera, ‘White Nancy’ spotted dead nettle, holly fern, ivy, and light pink periwinkle to re-create this design. This window, contrasted against the black shutters and white clapboard house, adds a natural and classic feature to the home.

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Purple Pop

Purple Pop
RALPH ANDERSON

This combination of violas—’Sorbet Plum Velvet’ and ‘Sorbet Icy Blue’—add a velvety infusion of color to a shady area. Layering two planting areas allows for more growing space and a unique design. The purple variation blends the arrangement and complements the copper-bronze planter.

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Hens and Chicks and Shade

Hens and Chicks and Shade
VAN CHAPLIN

More is more. For a snappy statement, plant a single succulent selection of hens and chicks. Hens and chicks are great succulents for shady spots and typically require less maintenance than other container florals. These succulents can also thrive in the sun, so planting in an area with partial shade will still produce good results.

Purple-and-Green Palette

Purple-and-Green Palette
LAUREY W. GLENN

Coleus, wire vine, euphorbia, lysimachia, and petunias combine to create a gorgeous color palette. The leaf shapes vary, including speckled colors. We love the array of greens and touches of plum spilling from this container.

Shade-Loving Paradise

Shade-Loving Paradise
ALISON MIKSCH

This combination of red bromeliads, yellow creeping Jenny, crotons, and pitcher plants will transport you to more tropical climes. Despite its island-vibe appearance, it will survive in the shade. The tall bromeliads, a plant part of the pineapple family, deliver height to this container.

Multilevel Drama

Tired Shade Container Garden
SOUTHERN LIVING

To re-create this container, consider height when arranging your plants—focusing on layering plants by size to structure a distinct architecture. Ferns and ivy form the base of this arrangement, then impatiens, followed by caladiums rising from the top.

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Two-Tiered Topper

Two-Tiered Topper
RALPH LEE ANDERSON

This multilevel pot combines ‘Sorbet Plum Velvet’ and ‘Sorbet Icy Blue’ violas, which would work on a porch or a kitchen tabletop—it’s a pretty explosion of purple and lavender hues. For a contrasting color, the terracotta planter adds a bit of dimension without adding a new floral variety.

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Tidy Terrarium

Create a Tabletop Terrarium
ROBBIE CAPONETTO

Start with a glass vessel and add gravel, carbon, soil, and plants. Choose terrarium plants that thrive in low sunlight, like ferns, certain succulents, and mosses. Also, consider fittonia, pothos, and philodendron species for a shady terrarium.

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Spectrum Aflame

Spectrum Aflame
SOUTHERN LIVING

Flickering flames and autumn sunlight inspire this hanging planter color palette. Embrace the warm side of the spectrum with yellow and orange violas and yellow, orange, and red pansies planted from deepest crimson to lightest yellow shades. The shift of color and addition of varied bloom shapes and sizes keeps the arrangement eye-catching.

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Multicolor Container

Multicolor Container
SOUTHERN LIVING

Using whatever vessels you have on hand (we used a galvanized tub and a smaller galvanized bucket here), stack and plant your shade-tolerant picks. To re-create this look, use violas for vibrant blooms and plant parsley as a dainty and fragrant filler. Plant more violas and creeping Jenny so that they emerge from the base and create a two-tiered effect.

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Shady Hanger

Shady Hanger
SOUTHERN LIVING

Take things vertical with this elegant hanging container. Impatiens, spider plants, begonias, ferns, and ivy will tolerate even the shadiest climates. These plants will make a just-plain-lovely addition to your garden.

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Autumn Shadows

Backyard Blooms
PHOTO: RALPH ANDERSON

Add an infusion of vibrant color to your patio with this combination of yellow, orange, and pink florals. This rustic arrangement is great for early fall when the sunny days of summer are still lingering. Using galvanized buckets reinforces the rustic farmhouse look.

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