Annual Suggestion For A Problem Spot - Knowledgebase Question

Hartwick, NY
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Question by gward1
February 3, 2000
I wonder if you have a suggestion for my porch boxes.
I am looking for a climbing annual to plant in a porch box on a back porch.
This area is on the south side of the house, but is in a corner on a porch
in the shade of a white birch tree.
I tried morning glories which did fairly well the first year, but failed to grow after that.
I also tried climbing nasturtiums and they were spindly and didn't climb that well (I
know it was too shady for them.)
This is a very pretty, relaxing spot away from noise and traffic and to have the trellis
full of green foliage and beautiful flowers is a dream come true.
I have no idea what to try next.

Answer from NGA
February 3, 2000
In my experience the annual vines all need full sun to grow and bloom their best. If you can plant the vine in the ground, or have a very large tub such as a half barrel, you might want to try one of the perennial flowering vines. Sweet autumn clematis, trumpet creeper, and the red-flowered honeysuckles (available from Burpee, or 800-888-1447) would all bloom well in partial shade. The honeysuckle in particular blooms over a very long season.

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