trailing plants for shade

Atlanta, GA

Heya! I need some suggestions for trailing plants to soften the edges of my containers. I'd like to stay away from the 'silver falls'--it hangs too straight and flat. But whatever I use needs to tolerate high heat and humidity as well as almost full shade. These particular containers are shaded by a VERY happy corkscrew vine, so what sun they get is patchy at best! Preferably, I'd like something with silver tones or variegated foliage, and if it blooms, red or white blossoms. However, I'll happily take any suggestions you can come up with!!!

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

How about impatiens, small ferns, fushia, bacopa,lobelia

(Judith) Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

Coleus is a great bet. I have it in all my pots which are all in shade. I have bacopa too, but it needs a bit more sun.

Carson City, NV(Zone 6a)

What's 'silver falls'? Sounds interesting and I'm also looking for something to soften the edges. Thanks


Kirkland, WA(Zone 7b)

Dichondra 'Silver Falls'

Atlanta, GA

Silver falls is lovely, and the color is to die for, but it hangs sooo straight and flat. I prefer silvery licorice, but that needs more sun than my containers have!

Carson City, NV(Zone 6a)

Kayte, thank you for the link.


Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Here's a little wheel barrel that gets about 1 hour of direct sun

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Naperville, IL

Thanks, joannabanana! You just showed me what to do with that child's wheel barrel I no longer need!

Windsor, CT(Zone 6a)

Vinca Minor (AKA Periwinkle) might work.

Creeping Jenny has worked well for me this season in containers. Grows fast, looks good, and prefers moist soil.

I've never seen a varigated Jenny, but there's a "golden" variety that's very pretty. (Though it does need sun to be truely brilliant, but in shade it may be ok still.) Since it's a perennial, I plan on popping it out and planting it somewhere to overwinter & use again next year.

Lamium is another trailing perennial ground cover plant that comes to mind. It's varigated (or golden), does well in shade, and it's not boring.

Many house plants may do the trick too- there are some gorgeous yellow or white marbled pothos available now that may be ok. But if you're looking for a smaller leaf, Swedish Ivy/Plectranthus comes to mind too.

It's tough to find a shade "spiller" in the regular annuals. If you look at perennial ground covers or houseplants you may find something that will work.

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