Sun Loving Plants - Knowledgebase Question

Morehead, KY
Question by kevinandbran
April 15, 2002
Good evening!
My husband and I just bought our first home and the front of it has been blessed by day-long sunshine. I planted some bulbs, but I am afraid I selected the wrong plants for this environment. I want full, colorful palnts, but I don't want to invest a lot of money since I am just leanring.

I bought bulbs, as they are inexspensive -- hostas, caladiums, and cannas -- but I think I might have made a mistake. Did I select some that are too sensitive?

What types of plants would you recommend (not shrubs) for a mulched, full sun flower bed? The flower bed faces the road and I want it to be attractive to drivers-by.


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Answer from NGA
April 15, 2002

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year round. Place it over the root area and close to, but not touching, the stems of your plants.

Flowers generally bloom best with adequate water. Depending on the season, you may need to supplement natural rainfall. Watering can be important in keeping the soil evenly moist (but not sopping wet) during dry spells. When you water, water deeply to encourage deep rooted plants. A deep watering less often is preferred over a daily sprinkling. In a flower garden or shrub bed, water is applied most efficiently at the roots rather than by sprinkler. Use your finger to dig down a bit and check the soil and see if and when you need to water.

Your county extension should be able to help you with the soil tests and interpreting the results. You will want to know about your soil in planning your lawn care and other landscaping tasks as well.

Since you are new to gardening you may want to look at a book or two. The Dummies series includes a number of excellent books on gardening, full of practical advice that is easy to follow and will help you get great results. They are in most bookstores and many libraries carry them as well.

Enjoy your flowers!
year round. Place it over the root area and close to, but not touching, the stems of your plants.

Flowers generally bloom best with adequate water. Depending on the season, you may need to supplement natural rainfall. Watering can be important in keeping the soil evenly moist (but not sopping wet) during dry spells. When you water, water deeply to encourage deep rooted plants. A deep watering less often is preferred over a daily sprinkling. In a flower garden or shrub bed, water is applied most efficiently at the roots rather than by sprinkler. Use your finger to dig down a bit and check the soil and see if and when you need to water.

Your county extension should be able to help you with the soil tests and interpreting the results. You will want to know about your soil in planning your lawn care and other landscaping tasks as well.

Since you are new to gardening you may want to look at a book or two. The Dummies series includes a number of excellent books on gardening, full of practical advice that is easy to follow and will help you get great results. They are in most bookstores and many libraries carry them as well.

Enjoy your flowers!

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