The Q&A Archives: Tall Flowers for Florida

Question: What kind of flowers can I plant in front of a fence between two houses? The area doesn't get a lot of sun, only around noon time. I am looking for something tall like delphinium or snapdragons. Is it too late for planting here? Everything pretty seems to do well only between zones 4-8. Any suggestions?

Answer: Before you set any plants, be sure your soil is in good <br>shape. You may want to have a soil test done: go to several places in your plot and with a trowel dig down about 5 inches. Put a trowelful of soil from each spot in a <br>bucket. Mix all of thesoil well and take a sample of <br>this soil to your County Extension Office at 5339 County<br>Road 579S, Seffner, FL. The telephone number is (813)744-5319. There is little or no charge for this service.<br><br>After you have received your report fromExtension Office,<br>add the amendments recommended to the soil and add 3 or 4<br>inches of organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure. Make sure your soil drains well.<br><br>Some perennials that will do well in part shade are:<br>Bellflower (Campanula)<br>Begonia (Begonia x superflorenscultorum)<br>Blue Sage (Salvia farincea)<br>Daisy Bush (Gamoplepsis Chrysanthemoides)<br><br>Some annuals that will tolerate part shade are:<br>Baby's Breath<br>Crossandra<br>Dusty Miller<br>Gaillardia<br>Impatiens<br>Petunia<br>Salvia<br>Shasta Daisy <br>Torenia<br>Perriwinkle<br>Burpee has most of these in their 1998 catalog. <br><br>Delphinium and Snapdragon do best in cool weather. I would<br>plant them in the fall. Snapdragon does well in North and<br>Central Florida in the fall and winter. Delphinium does <br>best further north although I planted them several times<br>here in Jacksonville. I had fair luck one year, but the<br>other times were zilch. <br><br>These shrubs should do well in the rear ofyour bed.<br>azalea<br>camillia<br>gardenia <br><br>Hope you have a beautiful garden.<br>

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