Top 10 Container Plants for Partial Sun (With Pictures)

Plants are like the superheroes of gardening. To make your interior of house more refreshing and natural, you can add container plants. They can do all kinds of things to make your garden look great, from providing shade and privacy to attracting pollinators and birds. Sometimes you just need a little boost in an area that’s not getting enough sunlight. Fear not, there are plants out there that will help you get what you want — even if it means working with less light than you might be used to. 

What is partial sun?

Partial sun is when a plant receives some direct sunlight but also gets indirect sunlight. It’s important to know how much light your container plants receive because this affects their growth rate and overall health. If they don’t have enough light, they won’t grow as well or may become leggy and spindly. Container plants should never be placed in full sun, which is where all the rays shine directly on them.

If you live in a climate with hot summers or cold winters, you need to consider the amount of heat or coolness your plants will experience. For example, if you live in Arizona, you’ll want to avoid planting tropical-looking plants such as bromeliads and ferns.

In this article, we will go over our top ten container plants for partial sun. We’ll also include pictures so you can see them.

Our top 10 picks-

1. Zinnia:

These popular annual flowers come in a variety of colors and shapes. They grow quickly and bloom quickly too! You can plant them in containers or in the ground. The only downside is they don’t tolerate drought well. To plant this in a container make sure you use one that has drainage holes.

2. Purple Coneflower:

This perennial flower blooms year-round. It does best in full sun but will still survive in part shade. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and grows into a large clump. If you want to grow it in a container, choose a pot that drains well.

3. Cosmos:

These bright yellow daisy-like flowers attract bees and butterflies. They prefer full sun but will do fine in part shade as long as they have good soil. They grow quickly and are easy to care for. Other tips for growing cosmos in containers are to give them plenty of room to spread out and to fertilize regularly. 

4. Morning Glory:

This fast-growing vine will climb up anything. It comes in bright reds and yellows. If you have a trellis, try planting these in pots on either side of it. Tips for growing morning glories include pruning back spent blossoms and fertilizing regularly.

5. Hosta:

This hardy perennial adds color to any garden. It grows slowly at first but then starts producing new growth after about 2 years. The leaves turn shades of green through purple when mature. Plant hostas in groups or masses to add texture and interest to your landscape.

6. Heliotrope:

This flowering plant gets its name because it resembles a helix which is a spiral shape. It’s often confused with petunias but it has larger flowers. It likes full sun and moist soil but doesn’t like dry air. Give it regular water until the weather turns hot.

7. Geranium:

There are hundreds of varieties of geraniums available. They come in many different colors including orange, pink, white, lavender, and more. Many types bloom all summer long while others may only last a few weeks. Some geraniums like heat and some don’t. When choosing a geranium, check the label to find out how much heat it needs.

8. Petunia:

This colorful annual makes a great low-maintenance houseplant. It enjoys full sun and regular watering. To extend their life, repot them every other season. 

9. Lantana:

This tropical-looking shrub adds beauty to any yard. It can handle both sun and shade and thrives in most soils. It’s a great choice for people who live in areas where winter temperatures drop below freezing.

10. Impatiens:

This annual herbaceous perennial adds height and interest to any border. It grows quickly and produces lots of small blooms throughout the summer. It does well in many soils but prefers rich ones. It tolerates both full sun and part shade.

These were our top ten picks for container plants for partial sun. Containers are an inexpensive way to bring beautiful color and texture to your outdoor space. Whether you’re looking to fill empty corners of your patio or deck or create a focal point in your garden, there’s something here for everyone.

We hope this list inspires you to start filling those pots with colorful, healthy plants today. What did we miss? Let us know! 

What kind of containers should I use?

There are many different types of containers available to choose from, including pots, hanging baskets, planters, window boxes, and more. You can find these at home improvement centers, nurseries, big box stores, and online retailers.

How tall should my container plants be?

Your container plants should be no taller than two feet above ground level. That way, you can easily reach up and water them without bending over. Some people say that taller plants take away from the appearance of the container. However, we think that having roomy, open spaces makes our gardens look bigger. You can always add another post or two later if you decide that the height isn’t ideal for your space.

How large should my container plants be?

The size of the pot depends on what type of plant you’re putting inside of it. For example, a potted cactus might need a medium-sized pot whereas a potted rosemary bush would probably do fine in a smaller one. We recommend using a pot that holds between 1 gallon and 1 quart of soil per plant. The reason why this is important is that too little soil means that they won’t get enough nutrients. Too much soil means that they could end up drowning.

Final thoughts

Plants are an essential part of any garden. They give us something beautiful to look at and enjoy year-round. So whether you have a backyard or front porch, make sure to include some container plants to brighten up your outdoor living area.  Happy Gardening!

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