Most all winter bedding plants need at
least four hours of full sun to do well. Theses plants include pansies,
violas, cabbage, kale, dusty miller, and parsley. At this point, the
best options for a shady space are spring bulbs.
Memphis Botanic Garden has a container
garden in mostly shade. To get as much show as possible, we use a
layering style of planting bulbs in the containers.
Fill the container half way with a well-draining potting mix. A container half filled with soil is ready for the first layer.
Lay out the first layer of bulbs and cover with mix. Repeat this
process for two more layers, and the container should be full.
Late tulips with cool pink flowers are
set in, with half-inch of space between each bulb. We cover bulbs with
soil, then we are ready for the next layer. Purple hyacinth make up the
second layer. The orientation above the tulips does not have to be
perfect. The tulips will bend and grow around the hyacinth bulbs.
rest of the container is filled with potting mix. Purple or blue
muscari bulbs are pushed into the potting mix about two inches deep.
Watering in completes the container. This container should show color or
give off fragrance for at least a month.
First the muscari will bloom and lead you
into the hyacinths. The hyacinth's purple flower will also have a strong
sweet smell. Ending off with the late tulip will stretch out the
Cool colors were used in this example
container. Yellows and oranges can be selected by using daffodils,
tulips, and crocus bulbs. Bulbs have either early-season, mid-season, or
late-season flowering times. They also grow to different heights.
this bulb information and forming color schemes can make an impressive
show of color and smell for containers in the shade.
By Jeff Reynolds, Horticulturist
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Memphis, TN 38117
(Between Park & Southern)