The Q&A Archives: Plants

Question: What kind of plants I can use to place in my front yard porch?

Answer: Most annuals and perennials bloom for a short time so mixing and matching seasonal plants is your best bet for lots of summer color. Some of the best plants to consider include: Portulaca, aka. Moss Roses - Multi-colored, bright flowers that open in the morning and close at night. Self- sowing. Needs a warm, sunny, well-drained exposure. Tolerates hot, dry, poor soil. Great at the base of mailboxes. Straw Flowers - Colorful, stiff blooms with lots of green leaves. Absolutely gorgeous. Tolerates hot, dry, poor soil. Marigolds - Yellow, orange, red or even bi-colored flowers. Pungent odor. Various sizes. Can be in full sun. Grows bushy quickly. Tolerant of drought. Pansies - Can be perennials. Many colors. Can wilt in hot weather but perk up when weather cools. Pick off faded flowers for more compact plants and profuse blooms. Geraniums - Perennial. Large flower clusters - red, salmon, pink, orange, or white. Can be grown from cuttings. Some are scented. Very popular. Intense heat can kill them. Like full sun but can take a little shade in hot areas. Impatiens - Shade or sun. Upright or low and sprawling. Vibrant colors. Requires full sun to bring out color in foliage. Likes cool and moist soil but cannot tolerate frost. Nasturtium - Easy to grow. Many colors. Full sun. Dry, sandy, infertile soil. Over watering or fertilizing results in a multitude of leaves and few flowers. Petunia - Newer ones are disease resistant. Come in many shapes and sizes. Unlimited colors. Snapdragon - Perennial. Many colors. Cool-weather plants. Like full sun. Will thrive in light shade with fewer blooms. Cutting the flowers helps to keep them blooming. Wax Begonia - Perennial. Covered with large clumps of flowers all summer long. Pink, red, or white flowers. Light shade is ideal. Zinnia - Annuals. All colors except blue. Hope this short list gives you some ideas!

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