The Q&A Archives: What to plant at foundation in a west facing beed

Question: Have a foundation in front of the house that faces west. It slopes from flush w/porch to 3 ft. lower than the porch at the end. In addition there is a large tree in the center. Bed gets light sun in early am, then shade from roof, then sun through afternoon and evening. Will anything grow? And what do I grow for the varying heights?

Answer: Some of the best perennials for afternoon sun in your gardening region include:
HARDY AGERATUM (Eupatorium coelestinum): blue flowers; fall blooming; invasive; Texas native; hardy; drought tolerant; shear in summer to promote business; sun to part shade; 2 feet.

MEXICAN HEATHER (Cuphea hyssopifolia): small, lavender flowers; compact foliage; tender; sun; 6 inches.

'INDIGO SPIRES' SALVIA (Salvia hybrid): purple flowers; shear occasionally; very vigorous; excellent; sun; 3 feet.

'TEXAS-TUFF' VERBENA (Verbena hybrid): pink, purple or red flowers; everblooming; shear frequently; excellent groundcover; drought tolerant; susceptible to spider mites; sun; 8 inches.

OXALIA (Oxalis crassipes): pink flowers, clover-like foliage; blooms in spring and summer; great border plant; sun to partial shade; 8 to 10 inches.

Bat Face Cuphea Cuphea llavea Bushy, mounding perennial native to Mexico. Hummingbird attractor. The purple and red tubular flowers resemble the face of a bat and flower from spring till fall. Excellent heat and drought tolerance. 18?.

Best wishes with your garden!

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