We live just north of Toronto Ontario.
Our home faces north and our plan is to place a hanging basket on
either side of the garage (north side of the house; some morning sun)
just under the eve of the roof (about 8 feet off the ground). We want
as much colour as possible and we want it to cascade as the summer
goes on. Each year we have trouble finding such a combination ie
colour, shade, cascading. Can you suggest?
Try impatiens. Technically a perennial, you can treat it as an annual.
Many do quite well in the shade but tolerate sun. It's fast growing
and will quickly cascade and hide the basket in which it is growing.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
What about petunias? They'll bloom as long as you keep feeding, watering,
and pinching off the spent blooms. There are many varieties made for
hanging baskets, and if you bring them indoors in the fall, they'll continue
to bloom. I've done it, but have to admit, that after a while they get to
be too leggy and not nearly so nice, so then I throw them out to freeze and
~~ Shelly ~~
We would for sure use petunias and there are even ones that require
minimal pinching but facing north under the eve provides less sun than
I may have led you to believe in my initial post. Keep trying ;).
There are indeed several varieties of impatiens that will grow long,
floppy stems suitable for cascading out of a hanging basket. My
neighbor next door had a hanging basket of impatiens where the plant
completely hid the basket. With occasional trimming, this looked great
for several years until the Great Freeze of '07 this past January. In
your climate it definitely would be an annual.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
I use hanging basket begonias which bloom beautifully all summer
long. It might be too late to start them now, or maybe not if you
care to try them. Also, the tubers have to be lifted in the fall to
save for next year. Do not hang them in strong, direct sun as the
leaves will scald. Morning sun should be fine.
creeping jenny for the cascading part. bright yellow flowers over yellow leaves.
plant something else to flower in the middle.
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Zone 5 next to Lake Michigan
The only one I can think of is impatiens, if the shade isn't complete or
they can get bright reflected light from a nearby white wall. Many porches
are too dark for flowering plants. Ferns would be a better choice for the
north side of a house.
Browallia is a plant that doesn't seem to need lots of sun (I just
tried to find more about it in google, it said it can be a hanging
plant in a shaded garden)
I think they are sometimes called "bluebells".
I remember years ago my mother had one hanging on her porch (enclosed
porch with screens) and it got huge over summer. Bushy and hanging
over the sides. She brought it in the house when the weather got
cold and put it on the kitchen table under the ceiling light. If I
remember right it bloomed most of the winter.
You can easily make cuttings from it, too, and start new ones, maybe
to add to the hanging one and make it thicker.
I used to get them early in pots (not expensive) at a greenhouse,
but now I don't live where I can get to one, and haven't had them in
years. I would buy them in pots, and when they started to grow bigger,
make cuttings, stick the cuttings in pots of dirt and soon have more
plants. I liked them as inside plants, like like on the windowsill
over the sink (which faces north) They didn't grow as big and bushy as
outside but were pretty like that.
I have seen them for sale fully grown in hanging baskets, but buying
them that way for me (on a limited/fixed income) they are very
I was looking for groups that write, or have written about solar
heat (I've been thinking a long time about looking into making my big
old falling apart (south facing) porch, into a passive solar heated
greenhouse- which would also bring warm air into the house when the
sun is out)
Of course, as I said I'm on a limited/fixed income (Social Security)
and not sure of the cost and if I could (a woman) do some of it
myself, even a little at a time.
Just now I decided I can at least look into it and find out more
And saw the plant question. Now I want a browalia (LOL)
Oh, another thought I just had, not sure where you live, but it
might not be too late to plant now, is put strings up and down along
the side of the garage and plant morning glories, which would climb UP
instead of something hanging.
Not sure if "some morning sun" would be enough. But it would be color
(at least in the morning)
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