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Container Garden Fillers for Shade

Impatiens
Impatiens

Impatiens in hot and cool shades of pink, purple and red provide contrast to chartreuse coleus and sweet potato vine in the combination above. Impatiens bloom from early spring through the first hard frost. By nature, they are a very orderly plant and they don't need requiring much deadheading. If your container will be in full sun, look for Sunpatiens plant tags, as these varieties thrive in the sun.

Supertunia
Supertunia

Proven Winners’ sun-loving petunia is slightly mounded and a vigorous grower. This colorful and versatile performer can be a filler or spiller in a container. Look for more supertunias in Think Pink Flowers in Your Spring Garden.

Violas and Pansies
Violas and Pansies

Displaying unstoppable color, pansies and their little sister, violas, show off in all but the coldest and hottest weather. These spring and fall favorites fill containers just as easily as flower beds. They lend their blues, purples, yellows and reds to container color schemes.

Coleus
Coleus

Plant coleus to bring a saturated pop of color and velvety foliage to your container. Newer varieties include peach, chartreuse, burgundy and pink tones. These pair well with ornamental grasses and bold annuals like zinnias.

Use filler plants to bulk up a container garden design. Narrow your choice of filler based on the sun levels the container will get. Then, look at how it will play with the thriller and spiller elements of your design. Many varieties of great filler plants come in a range of colors that will brighten any display.