PLANTING - Knowledgebase Question

TURNERSVILLE, NJ
Question by SPARLKE411
March 21, 1999
I HAVE A SMALL TRIANGULAR SHAPED PARTIALLY SHADED AREA TO WORK WITH.I LIVE IN SOUTH JERSEY,AND I WAS WONDERING WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST FLOWERS TO FILL IT WITH FOR LATE SPRING/SUMMER BLOOMING AND WHEN I SHOULD PLANT THEM?I'M LOOKING TO START SHORT AND SPREADED IN THE FRONT AND TALL AND NOTICABLE IN THE BACK.CAN YOU HELP ME?


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Answer from NGA
March 21, 1999

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If your partial shade is morning sun followed by afternoon shade, then you might try some shorter annuals in the front such as sweet alyssum or fibrous rooted begonias with impatiens, coleus and nicotiana behind them and astilbe, large hostas and perhaps goatsbeard (aruncus) behind that. If your partial shade is morning shade followed by afternoon sun, then you will need to select from among the more sun loving plants -- this would include sweet alyssum, marigolds, ageratum and petunias for shorter plants, salvias, zinnias, snapdragons and nicotiana for medium height and sunflowers, gloriosa daisies and cosmos for taller plants. You would plant these after the danger of frost in your area.

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