What Should I Grow? - Knowledgebase Question

New York, NY
Question by dragraphix
February 20, 1999
I have a 12th floor terrace facing NNE with perhaps an hour to 90 minutes of sun each morning, full shade the balance of the day. I'd like to plant some foliage and/or flowering plants that would be suitable. Soil conditions, pH level, watering, et cetera are all up to me - and you. I'd like plants that will produce well in a small area; five gallon buckets would be ideal. Climbing vines would do nicely as would a plant I saw in a neighbors garden with small leaves that were very pink with green edges.

I'm not terribly concerned with showiness. I'd just like something to be pleased with. An assortment of items that will produce blooms and foliage all year would please me most.


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Answer from NGA
February 20, 1999

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the winter in a container would probably require a larger container than a five gallon bucket as well as need more sunlight. Unfortunately too, most smaller evergreens such as boxwoods that might survive in a smaller container would also require more sun than your plants will receive. For that reason I would suggest training English ivy onto vertical topiary frames in geometric shapes such as cones or balls to provide "something" to look at outdoors all winter. You could also bring many of the other plants I suggested indoors to enjoy in a sunny window.

Good luck with your project! the winter in a container would probably require a larger container than a five gallon bucket as well as need more sunlight. Unfortunately too, most smaller evergreens such as boxwoods that might survive in a smaller container would also require more sun than your plants will receive. For that reason I would suggest training English ivy onto vertical topiary frames in geometric shapes such as cones or balls to provide "something" to look at outdoors all winter. You could also bring many of the other plants I suggested indoors to enjoy in a sunny window.

Good luck with your project!

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