shade garden with coleus, gingers, and nerve plant
coleus, gingers, nerve plant, milkweed
coleus, gingers, nerve plant, milkweed

Think you can’t have color in the shade? Think again! This combination screams red, white, and green in both leaf color and flowers.

The tricolor ginger and chartreuse edged coleus set the stage for this beautiful mixture of shade loving plants. Additional red is found on both the stems of the scarlet fever ginger and the flowers of impatiens and begonias.

tricolor ginger, scarlet fever ginger and coleus
tricolor ginger, scarlet fever ginger and coleus

If you think it terms of container gardening, the scarlet fever ginger is the thriller, the impatiens, coleus, and tricolor are the filler, and the sweet potato vine is the spiller with the extra punch of chartreuse lighting up a shady spot.

sweet potato vine
sweet potato vine

In this image, I’ve also added the deep dark hue with burgundy cordyline as well as the red, white and green of the dracaena.

You can see there is lots of texture, from strappy leaves, to the velvet leaves of the coleus, the architectural starlike shape of the sweet potato vine, and the daintiness of the impatiens, all adding interest to the space.

begonias and impatiens
begonias and impatiens
coelus
coleus
pagoda flowers
add in some pagoda flowers for extra pizzaz!
coleus
lobe the velvet texture of this coleus
white caladiums
white caladiums
caladium in bloom
red caladium in bloom

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