The Q&A Archives: Planting Annuals In Small Part Sun Window Boxes

Question: What would you recommend for two small (not very wide or deep)window boxes which get mostly afternoon sun? In the past whatever I have planted does not do well and not sure if it's because they get too dry/wrong plants? They are located on the 2nd story of our home and would like them to appear abundant and colorful from the street.

Answer: This type of location is very difficult to plant because the afternoon sun is very hot, reflects off of the building and stresses the plants tremendously. Larger boxes so that the roots have ample room would increase your chances of success, using a water holding polymer in the soil might also help. Some plants to try might include the vinca rosea or annual vinca, annual salvia, dwarf dahlias, the small Starbright zinnias, or possibly a small variety of dianthus. Alternatively, the newer imitation flowers are more lifelike and can appear "real" from that distance.

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