The Q&A Archives: New Garden

Question: I am new on this site. I am planning a small planter box made out of landscape timbers. At one end, I want to have a trellis. I looked up Hall's Honeysuckle and it said that it needs 4-6 hrs. of sun. The box is under a large elm tree, so I was wondering if they meant full son. It would also be helpful to know what plants can accompany the honeysuckle on the trellis.

Answer: Honeysuckle will develop powdery mildew if it doesn't get at least four hours of direct sunshine. If the area is more shady than sunny you might consider planting clematis instead. Or, since you are new to gardening how about planting an annual vine to scramble up your trellis? Scarlet Runner Bean has bright red flowers, Hyacinth Bean has purple flowers, Sweet Peas come in lots of pastel colors.

Most annuals and perennials will adapt to growing in planter boxes. Choose those that appeal most to you and will grow in partly shady conditions. Some to consider include Aster, Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis), Blue Mallow (Malva sylvestris), Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens), Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malvaeflora), Cranesbill (Geranium sylvaticum), Clustered Bellflower (Campanula glomerata), Columbine (Aquilegia), Cupid's Dart (Catananche caerulea), Daylilies, Dianthus "Arctic Fire", Delphinium, Foxglove (Digitalis Purpurea), Flax, Harebells (Campanula Carpatica), Iris (Iris Pumila), and Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum). Good luck with your new garden!

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