Finding shady areas for plants can be a challenge if you live where the sun glares down with full force for months at a time. Shade doesn’t have to be a totally dark area, but one where there is no direct sunlight.
In my case, that means covered porches or close to the trunks of large trees. My porch areas can look messy because I also root many plants there. Here are Coleuses, Old fashioned Geraniums, and an Aloe Vera.
This one came from a cutting about four years ago. Coleuses root easily in water and are great pass-along plants.
A professional gardener for a public garden made the statement that neatness is more important than what you plant. I disagree wholeheartedly. And, let’s face it, it’s difficult to keep a garden weeded and cleared of debris when you don’t have a staff. That’s my excuse.
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) branches bend over and grow crookedly. This one will definitely have to be cut back before carrying it into the shed for winter. Maybe some friends would like a cutting?
This was bought at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. It can’t take our cold winters, like many of the other plants shown in this post. It also has sharp thorns. I keep telling myself to toss it, but here it is after two years.
These three pots of plants have been here for years and years. The Red Apple Ice Plant (Aptenia cordifolia) on the left and the Autumn Joy Sedum are perennial, and thankfully do not have to be toted into the shed for the winter. These are succulents, so broken stems can be planted directly into potting soil.
The Purple Oxalis is not cold hardy.
The Sedum will put on a show with pink flower clusters soon.
To the left is another Autumn Joy Sedum, Kalanche on the right, and Asparagus Fern in the back.
Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) is an extremely hardy perennial ground cover. As demonstrated by this picture, it spreads rapidly and should be contained. This flowerbed is surrounded by a porch and a sidewalk on two sides.
“You can lead a man to congress, but you can’t make him think.” Milton Berle