Photography Ralph Anderson / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery
Nonstop color is serious business for Jeni Munn. As a matter of fact, it is her business at Rosewood Garden Designs. Creating containers with lasting power is Jeni’s specialty. One of her secrets is knowing a thing or two about planting for dual light requirements.
“We’re careful about what we choose for the edges and back, which may become shaded or crowded as other plants mature,” says Jeni. Tall-growing annuals and perennials aren’t always the culprits. Walls, trees, and roof overhangs can also cast flower-diminishing shade on sun lovers. To avoid this problem, the Charlotte, North Carolina, designer places full- to partial-shade plants such as Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium caeruleum), Cape plumbago (Plumbago auriculata), and ‘Snowstorm Giant Snowflake’ bacopa (Sutera ‘Snowstorm Giant Snowflake’) in those areas.
If You’re Not Sure, Do This
Think of your pot as you would your landscape: Though it may receive full sun most of the day, it’s bound to have areas of shade as the sun moves or as larger plants mature. Before you plant, watch the light in the area where you want to place your pot. Note its progress throughout the day, and select plants accordingly. See what Jeni planted in her container in the illustration above.
Mix and Match to Make Your Own:
This area usually extends from the middle of the container frontward, wrapping the majority of the front edge.
This area extends from the middle to the back and sides.
This is found in the back or on one side of the pot.
"Pick the Right Plants" is from the May 2008 issue of Southern Living.