Now is a great time to look ahead to the summer season. You will have time to plan and order the needed supplies to create stunning outdoor container arrangements for your clients. It is important to consider the space you are working with when you plan your arrangements and many establishments may want their container arrangements placed on covered porches. This poses the particular problem of light. Many covered porches will not have enough light for sun loving flowers. There are, however, a number of beautiful plants that will not only tolerate, but thrive in the low light conditions. You can create beautiful container arrangements that are perfect for porches.
Hostas are an excellent, shade loving plants that are perfect for a porch container. There are a seemingly endless amounts of varieties. Hostas are attractive because of their lush foliage that range from broad and deep green to narrow and variegated. They have small, understated flowers that rise above the foliage and are usually light blue or purple in color. Garden Guides suggests planting Hostas singularly in containers and then group different varieties of Hostas together for an arrangement. Garden Guides also suggests ornamental grasses in separate containers or ivy in the same container as companion plants. Hostas like a lot of water, but do not like to remain soggy so be sure to choose a potting mix that will encourage drainage. Also, Hostas vary greatly in size so be aware of the mature size of the Hosta you are growing and plan accordingly.
According to Container Gardening Guide there are 12,000 different varieties of ferns. Ferns also love the shade and can grow well in containers. Ferns have shallow roots systems and should not be planted in pots deeper than 6 inches. If you want to display your fern in a large decorative container, place the pot inside the larger container. You can flip over an empty pot in the bottom of the large container to fill space and act as a stand. The watering needs of ferns vary greatly so be sure to follow the growers instructions so that you do not over or under water the ferns. Ferns also grow well singularly in containers. You can place several different varieties in different containers and group them together for an arrangement. Browse this link for a list of several descriptions of ferns along with pictures that are ideal for growing in containers. Ferns can also work well in hanging containers.
Shade Tolerant Flowers
If you want to add color to your porch arrangements consider some shade tolerant flowering plants. A few options include begonias and impatiens. Fine Gardening suggests finding some unique varieties of these old standards such as double impatiens or tuberous rooted begonias with unique foliage. You can pair these with coleus or ivy to make the containers overflow with interesting foliage.
Foliage is the key to making stunning shade tolerant container arrangements. The possibilities and combinations are numerous and shade loving varieties can be grouped together in showy containers to create a lush environment. As you search for the right container to show off your unique variety of hosta or fern check out NewPro Containers selection of outdoor containers. Do you have a favorite shade loving plant you like to use in arrangements?