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10 Best Blue Plants For Containers In The Shade

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10 Best Blue Plants for Containers in the Shade - Image by By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
10 Best Blue Plants for Containers in the Shade

Image By André Karwath aka Aka (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, I talked about how to plant beautiful containers using thrillers, fillers and spillers (which you can find HERE). This week I’d like to talk about the plants that go in those containers–specifically blue plants for containers in the shade.

Why blue? First, because I love the look of a monochromatic blue and purple color scheme. And second, because the most asked question about my garden is “What are those blue flowers?”. Oh, and did I mention I love blue plants?

The new deck
The new deck

Last summer, I built a new deck (which you can see HERE) and surrounded it with mostly blue and purple perennials (which you can find HERE).

Now, I want the pots and containers around and on the deck to continue the monochromatic blue and purple color scheme.

The space has a lot of opportunities for containers, which are all in the shade (thanks to the large tree over the deck):

  • wrought iron hay rack below a window (so that the flowers blooming there are seen both inside and outside of the house),
  • hexagonal holes in the lattice fence specifically for hanging wire baskets
  • a waterfall fountain that looks good with plants around it
  • random large planters.
The window planer and water fountain
The window planer and water fountain

All of these planters will make the deck feel more homogeneous with the landscape and contribute to the relaxing ambiance I am going for. I use mostly annuals in these locations because they bloom consistently all summer and require little care except regular watering and fertilizer application.

Due to the sunlight restrictions I am confined to choosing annuals that will tolerate mostly shade.  This is a challenge because there are not many true blue plants in nature and those that tolerate shade are even rarer.

Continue reading to find out the blue plants I favor.

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4 Responses

  1. Pamela Morasko
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    Niembergia Blue

    • Flora
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      Thank you Pamela for your suggestion. “Nierembergia blue” would be gorgeous, easy care filler plant in a sunny container. Have you had success with growing it in the shade?

  2. Patti
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    How did the blue coleus do for you? I’m waiting to try it !

    • Wanda
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      Hi Patti…I hate to admit I’m a little behind in my planting (the story of my life these days) so I’m not sure yet if they will grow true to color. I will definitely post an update with new pictures when the plants are big enough to show something.

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