So let’s take a look at our containers in the shady back garden, shall we?
Here’s a view of the patio, which is ringed with containers. Overall, I’m pleased with how they look.
The star in most of them are the Caladiums that I grew indoors from tubers. This was much more affordable than purchasing plants, though I did make a mess of the back porch for a few weeks.
I just learned from Google that Caladiums aren’t just called Caladiums, they have common names. These include Elephant Ear, Angel Wings, and Heart of Jesus. I think I’ll just keep calling them Caladiums.
I normally like containers that are overflowing with plants. My original hope had been to underplant the Caladiums with the new mildew-resistant Beacon Impatiens. Sadly I could only obtain 2 of these plants. So instead I used some ‘Diamond Snow’ Euphorbia, plus some Shockwave Petunias that I got free from PanAmerican Seed. The Petunias would be better off with more sun, but they’ll just have to tough it out.
Even so, I never did get enough plants to really fill up all the containers in the Back Garden.
You can barely tell this is a container. It’s actually the base of an old concrete birdbath. In addition to Caladiums, there are 2 perennials growing successfully in there: ‘Patriot’ Hosta and Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia syphilitica). The Great Blue Lobelia is also growing in a couple of the other containers – you can see them in the top photo. Looking forward to the flowers, though I’m going to have to sneak some stakes in there.
Here are those 2 Beacon Impatiens. No sign of downy mildew, so that’s good.
The containers on the back porch are mostly full of herbs: mint, dill, parsley, and cilantro. Chipmunks are fond of the dill and parsley, so I’ve fortified them with chicken wire.
I suppose I could have a wider variety of foliage plants in these containers, but I prefer to have a lot of what I know I like. Which is to say, Caladiums.