Drought Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Glenshaw, PA
Question by FOLEYJAD
April 11, 2000
WHAT TYPE OF FLOWERS WILL DO WELL AND BLOOM THE LONGEST IN CONTAINERS PLACED ON A DECK, WHICH RECEIVES INTENSE HEAT FROM EAST TO WEST THE ENTIRE DAY? THE INTENSE HEAT IS SOLAR AS WELL AS THE HEAT HELD BY THE WOLMANIZED WOOD.


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Answer from NGA
April 11, 2000

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A selection of sun and heat loving annuals for such a location might include tropical plants such as mandevilla and angel's trumpet, annuals such as cosmos, zinnia, verbena, flowering vinca rosea, red or blue salvia, and the ornamental sweet potatoes. They will do better in larger containers where the soil stays a bit cooler and dries out more slowly. You might also use the water holding polymers in the potting soil to help keep the soil more evenly moist.

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