Those gardeners who have containers in shady spots have lots of options. So many plants appreciate and thrive out of the glare of the sun. Begonias, calocasias, both the lime and variegated licorice, creeping jenny, creeping Charlie, nicotianas, pepperomias, Persian Shield, coleus-the list is long. To follow is a list of my favorites. The pink fittonia pictured above would light up any shade container.
Jayde pepperomia is a heart shaped glossy leaved shade plant-hard to find, but well worth the trouble. The glossy green leaf is beautiful. The trailing watermelon peperomia at the bottom left of this picture-any shade pot will get some rhythm going on with the addition of this plant. Peperomias of every type inform a shade container planting.
Sonic Pink New Guinea impatiens does well in full sun, given lots of water. In part shade, they thrive. How much shade any plant will tolerate in your containers is all about your willingness to experiment. My advice? Try, and try again.