Faux Raised Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Seattle, WA
Question by leesat
February 21, 1998
I would like to have a cutting garden. The problem is that I don't have a yard but I do have a deck that gets 4-5 hours of full sun. I am planning on building a fake raised bed on this deck, 12" high and approximately 5'x 6'. I want toplant dahlias, zinnas, gladiolus, verbenda, and cosmos. Do these sound good for the conditions? Do you have suggestions for some other types of cutting flowers?


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Answer from NGA
February 21, 1998

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You definately have gardening genes if you're willing to build a raised bed to accomodate your plants! Twelve inches deep is about minimum for annuals and perennials. The dahlias and glads will need the soil depth, to develop healthy root systems. Dahlia tubers and glad corms should be dug at the end of the season and stored in a cool, dry place. The sunshine the planter will receive is on the low side for sunlovers so keep your selection to plants that don't mind shady conditions. You might try Campanula, Bleeding Heart, Clivia (Kaffir lily), Lysimachia and some Colombine, too.

Enjoy your new garden!

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