No shady spot need be a sleepy spot. The combination of these old red spikes and variegated licorice entirely satisfy my eye. The dark purple blooms on the tibouchina-astonishing. White caladiums and a white fuchsia on standard-pale colors are great in the shade. I take no credit for these containers-my client keeps them beautifully.
A window box at the shop is in fairly deep shade. A group of caladium cultivars are dramatically light in that shade. Caladiums are as easy to grow as they are satisfying. The frilly leaves have a dressy and insouciant look. Who could tell it was 96 degrees when I took this picture?
The begonia Madame Queen is new to me. This plant has every visual hallmark of a difficult to grow plant; I do not know how to explain this. After many years of gardening, I can tell the fussy plants from the easy going plants. Madame Queen says it all. I know the watering will have to be perfect. I am game-given how much this plant could dress up the shade.
Who knew Kong coleus came in green? The leaves are richly green, and velvety. I am expecting this Kong to grow large. The strap leaved yellow and green coleus will provide a vivid and vocal supporting cast. The Jayde pepperomia-frosting on the cake.
Tropical plants get a new lease on life, once they are moved outdoors. They thrive in the shade outdoors. I would guess they are a dracaena cultivar, and a grey pilea, but I am more interested in how they look in this container. No gardener really needs to know the botanical names of plants. What makes a gardener is experience.
Rob has a love for weedy and fern like shady container plantings. As I like color in the shade as well as I do the sun, I am dubious from the start about his shade pots. His shade plantings are subtle and sensational.