container gardens
Planters for Permanence
These for Shade

   In partial shade or filtered sunlight, the variety can be even greater. Start with the clean-cut modernistic lines of large-leaved philodendrons-Philodendron dubia, P. has-tatum, or P. jaciniatum. Many other philodendrons are suitable. Tall and medium kinds give height, and the trailing, heart-leaved philodendron, will fall gracefully over the edge of a planter.

   The long list of suitable tropicals includes dracaenas, dieffenbachias, Chinese rubber plants, foliage begonias like the rex types, aglaonemas, anthuriums, aphelandra, ardisia, aucuba, bromeliads, cissus, crotons, ficus, ferns, peperomias, pothos, nephthytis, spathiphyllum, syngonium, and tradescantias. Consider also the fancy leaves of alocasias, many with bizarre patterns. In planters, you can group the tropical foliage plants you grow indoors in winter by inserting the pots in damp peatmoss or Vermiculite.

For Warm Regions

   In warm areas, with little or no freezing, tropical plants can be grown outdoors all year round. Delightful in Florida are crotons, and there are so many varieties, with odd leaf forms and colors, some that even look like different plants. Easy to grow, they withstand neglect and pruning. Camellias, tender hollies, Chinese hibiscus, gardenias, poinsettias, pittosporum, clivias, agapanthus, bamboos, podocarpus, loquat, citrus, tender azaleas, sansevieria, cymbidium and other orchids, fancy-leaved caladiums, bird of paradise, epiphyllums-all have exciting possibilities for planters in the South.