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Memphis Garden Club Container Garden

Guests walking along the main Garden loop will find a hidden jewel in the Memphis Garden Club Container Garden. This garden is located just beyond Daffodil Hill within the Azalea Trail and is a perfect resting point halfway through a visitor’s tour.  Nearby gardens are Daffodil Hill, the Hosta Trail and the Hydrangea Garden.

The Container Garden is a patio garden that holds a circular bed with a Sweet Bay Magnolia under-planted with shade perennials. There are at least a dozen containers holding a variety of tropical, perennials, annuals and shrubs as well as benches where you can stop and enjoy the displays. Thanks to continued support from Memphis Garden Club, we will be adding even more elements for next spring.

The biggest challenge with our Container Garden is that it is mostly in the shade. One section has half a day of sun with afternoon shade, while another area gets very
little sun at all.  Showy flowering plants are what people usually expect to find in container plantings, but in a shade garden, colors and textures of foliage steal the show.

Here are some examples of how container gardening can be accomplished in the shade:

Conifers and tropical plants can also be used for texture, color and all-season interest. I have been using Deadora Cedar and upright Philadendrum with good results.

The combination of Leopard Plant (Farfugium) and Dwarf Golden Acorus work well together. 

The chartreuse yellows combine beautifully while the different textures give a nice contrast.

The Persian Shield Plant and Rex Begonia Vine (Cissus discolor) share a purple coloration and the different growth habits allow for both an upright filler and a vine that can be trained along an arbor.



By Jeff Reynolds, MBG Horticulturist
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 11:27 AM


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