Tall Flowers for Florida - Knowledgebase Question

Tampa, FL
Question by OneMedTek
February 5, 1998
What kind of flowers can I plant in front of a fence between two houses? The area doesn't get a lot of sun, only around noon time. I am looking for something tall like delphinium or snapdragons. Is it too late for planting here? Everything pretty seems to do well only between zones 4-8. Any suggestions?


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Answer from NGA
February 5, 1998

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Before you set any plants, be sure your soil is in good
shape. You may want to have a soil test done: go to several places in your plot and with a trowel dig down about 5 inches. Put a trowelful of soil from each spot in a
bucket. Mix all of thesoil well and take a sample of
this soil to your County Extension Office at 5339 County
Road 579S, Seffner, FL. The telephone number is (813)744-5319. There is little or no charge for this service.

After you have received your report fromExtension Office,
add the amendments recommended to the soil and add 3 or 4
inches of organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure. Make sure your soil drains well.

Some perennials that will do well in part shade are:
Bellflower (Campanula)
Begonia (Begonia x superflorenscultorum)
Blue Sage (Salvia farincea)
Daisy Bush (Gamoplepsis Chrysanthemoides)

Some annuals that will tolerate part shade are:
Baby's Breath
Crossandra
Dusty Miller
Gaillardia
Impatiens
Petunia
Salvia
Shasta Daisy
Torenia
Perriwinkle
Burpee has most of these in their 1998 catalog.

Delphinium and Snapdragon do best in cool weather. I would
plant them in the fall. Snapdragon does well in North and
Central Florida in the fall and winter. Delphinium does
best further north although I planted them several times
here in Jacksonville. I had fair luck one year, but the
other times were zilch.

These shrubs should do well in the rear ofyour bed.
azalea
camillia
gardenia

Hope you have a beautiful garden.

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