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Archive for the ‘Shaded Plants’ category

In this post we are going to look at the best post plants for planting in shaded areas.  There are many types of pot plants that can be planted in the shade however I feel these are the best ones to start with.

cliviaClivia (Clivia miniata) – This pot plant has dark green, strap-like foliage and orange flowers. New varieties are available with red, cream and yellow flowers. Clivias grow everywhere in Australia except for the mountains.

Daphne odora

Daphne (Daphne odora) is wonderful for planting in pots as it usually does better planted in pots than straight in the ground. It is grown mainly for its fabulous perfumed flowers. Daphne grows best in the cooler areas of Australia.


Camellias will flower and grow happily in pots for many years. Sasanquas grow well in part-shade to full sun, while japonicas prefer a shaded position.

Pink Azaleas

Azaleas, particularly the smaller varieties, are well suited to pot culture. Your local nursery can suggest the best varieties for your area.


Ponytail (Nolina recurvata) has a curious swollen base. It makes an attractive pot plant and will also take full sun. 150mm (6″) pots cost around $12.95. The ponytail plant will grow everywhere in Australia, except for the mountains.

The Begonia Spray

Begonia varieties will grow in all areas of Australia. They have beautiful flowers and they often have interesting foliage. They do best in a shady position.

Rhapis palm 5994

Palms including rhapis palm (Rhapis excelsa) and kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) can be grown in pots in a shady position.

Maiden Hair Fern container

Ferns of all kinds do well in pots. They thrive in shady, moist, humid conditions.


Orchids need an open, free-draining potting mix and a sheltered position. The most popular orchid grown is the cymbidium, but many other kinds are available including cattleyas, dendrobiums, slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum) and moth orchids (Phalaenopsis).

China Doll Plant

China doll (Radermachera sinica) is a Chinese native with glossy, dark green leaves and an elegant growth habit. It does best as a garden plant in the warmer areas of Australia, but also makes an attractive pot plant.

Well There you have it, my top pot plants for planting in the shade.  Do you have any other to add to the list?  Let me know.

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