Today I’m sharing a DIY summer planter for shade. I know you’ll love these beautiful summer pots for the shady spots on your deck or porch.
You guys! I’m so excited to be sharing my first SUMMER garden project of the season! It may be early May (no pun intended), but summer is just around the corner. I can feel it.
This weekend it is supposed to be 26-29 degrees! That is 78-84 F ! Last weekend at the soccer tournament it was over 23 and it felt like July. Woot woot! Anyone else feel like summer is a license to enjoy yourself again after a busy, hard working winter?
I may or may not have caused my spring pots to come to an earlier then expected end due to a lack of consistent watering (insert face covered emoji). But I pledge to do better now with these summer planters. Right?!?
We started out by emptying the planters on our front porch and getting the garden soil ready for a new season…
I decided to go with more long lasting and (hopefully) hard wearing perennials for our shady baskets, like this lovely assortment of green ferns…
I also found some super adorable mini Hostas (at least, they were really cute until the bunnies in our neighbourhood decimated their leaves overnight!). I also added in some twirly sedge, a couple of grasses that do fine in part shade, and some Heuchera.
To this perennial mix, I added some annuals. I chose three types of Coleus, four types of Impomea, two tuberous begonias, and some trailing lemon coral sedum (that claim to do well in part shade -we’ll see!).
I used the following…
PLANT LIST FOR SHADE PLANTERS
Northern Maidenhair Fern
Soft Shield Fern (x2)
Red Beauty Japanese Painted Fern
Rain Forest Sunrise
Canadian Blue (x2)
Ipomoea (potato vine):
Tricolour Sweet Potato Vine
Kira Autumn Leaves
Wizard Mix (x2)
Big Twister Rush
Lemon Coral Sedum (full to part sun)
Tuberous Begonia (pink and white)
I always start my pots by first placing the plants (in their containers) in place and mixing them around until I get a mix and effect that I like. This is a trial and error kind of thing – mix them around until you like it. I try to mix the variety of colours and leaf shape so there is contrast from one plant to the next.
Once I come up with an arrangement I like, I go for it and start planting. I place things in loosely at first so I can move them around slightly within the pot as I place the other plants. Once I’m sure I pack in any extra soil needed and press down in the pot to secure. Lastly, I added some branches to give height and dimension to my largest planter.
On the other side of the door…
I can’t wait to see these grow in throughout the summer season! Plus, the perennials can be transplanted to larger pots or the shady gardens in our yard after a season on our porch. They’ll keep going and going!
Glad to check that one of the list. Now… onto the sunny pots this weekend! Can’t wait to have the weather for that task:) Wishing you sunny days wherever you are, as well.
So much gorgeous inspiration. I truly can’t wait for summer. How about you?