Real World Gardener Plants for Shady Verandahs in Design Elements

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SHADY GARDENDS PART 3

Plants for a Shady Balcony, Porch or Verandah This series is about what you can grow in a shady area around your house or garden. Balconies or verandah’s look better with plants, but what if they’ve got shade for most or a good part of the day?

This situation is a bit of a challenge , Steve says he gets customers into his nursery that say they have shade in this situation but get some afternoon sun. Golden can palm is a perfect example for such a situation, plus they provide a fantastic screen. This palm then provides a microclimate for other containers underneath.

You don’t have to be limited by shade on your verandah or balcony, because there are quite a lot of choices. Think about a particular look that you like such as a tropical big leafed look, then add a bamboo palm and the fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata). Pots or containers that are elevated are a good idea to take advantage of more indirect light. My favourite right now are hoyas of all types, in fact I’ve started a collection of about 8 so far, with 6 in hanging pots. (pictured right.). The hanging baskets and pole assembly were from Aldi of all places. Let’s find out what will grow there? I'm talking with Steve McGrane, agriculturalist and horticulturist.

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