The Q&A Archives: Cutting Garden for Western Exposure

Question: I live in St. Louis, Missouri, and have many flower beds in front of my home with a hot, dry western exposure. The the bed closest to my home receive sun from 2:00 p.m. on. What plants (preferable annuals) could I start now and have for cut flowers in this location?

Answer: Here are a few suggestions for annuals I think would bloom well for you in that blazing hot afternoon sun: cosmos, tithonia, blue salvia "Victoria", the smaller sunflowers ranging in color from cream to mahogany, balsam, dahlia, gerbera daisies, gomphrena (globe amaranth), cleome (spider flower), verbena, and finally, although it is a bulb, gladiola. If possible, try to ensure they receive at least an inch of water a week since the location is also dry. It's also helpful to work some compost into the soil, and keep plants mulched to increase moisture retention. Enjoy!

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