I want to plant tubs and baskets for both sunny areas and shady areas. Which plants should I use in these different conditions?
Most nurseries and garden stores have a special section of potted flowers especially selected for containers. Many have trailing or spreading growth. Non-flowering plants with colorful leaves are often mixed in. A single upright plant is often added to the center of large tubs and pots to give some height. Look at already planted containers for ideas on which plants look best together.
Select plants according to their sun and shade tolerance. If containers are on the east or north sides, or under an overhang, shade tolerance is important. Plants for containers facing south or west or without any shade need to be sun tolerant.
Most plant labels indicate whether a plant prefers full sun, part shade or full shade. Some of the best plants for shady locations are begonia, impatiens, lobelia, fuchsia, browalia, coleus, lamium and nierembergia. Variegated ivies grow well in the shade or sun.
For sunny areas, some of the most popular flowers include diascia, petunia, ivy geranium, lobelia, bacopa, calibrachoa (million bells), alyssum, trailing snapdragon, trailing verbena, lotus and sweet potato vine. Some good upright plants are salvia, euphorbia, dracaena spikes, snapdragon and ornamental grasses.