Windy Deck - Knowledgebase Question

San Francisco, CA
Question by cheekymonkey
May 27, 2007
What are the best plants for a often windy deck that gets late morning/afternoon sun but also a lot of fog?

Answer from NGA
May 27, 2007


Since you are working with limited space, choose plants based on basic, efficient design schemes.

Dwarf Alberta white spruce does well in a container. This cone-shaped conifer has dense gray-green needles that are soft to the touch. It's slow growing and will reach a mature height of 6 to 8 feet.

Hibiscus grows to three feet tall and blooms all summer.

Mandevilla is an evergreen vine that winds its way up a trellis. Bring it indoors in the winter.

Caladiums make great focal points with colorful leaves that can grow up to 18 inches long. They are a tender perennial and can be replanted next year if you dig up the bulb-like tubers in fall and store them indoors.

The dracaena spike adds height and texture to groupings. Its long, slender leaves provide a strong contrast to caladiums. Place it in the back of a planter.
Asparagus ferns make a wispy background filler. Dig them up before the first frost and bring indoors for a houseplant.

Silver licorice cascades over the edge of a planter and weaves in and out of plants, making it a nice filler. Place it at the front of a container to soften edges.
Variegated vinca adds color and eye-catching, trailing vines. It grows quickly, so one vine will do in most containers.

Coleus is a delicate plant that grows to two feet or more. Depending on the variety, it has pink, yellow, crimson or red foliage.

Ornamental sweet potato vine sprawls over the edge of a pot and adds a light contrast to plants with darker leaves.

Niermenbergia fills in like a ground cover and produces masses of colorful flowers.

Feather reed grass is an ornamental grass that blooms in early summer. Its graceful, reddish-green flower spikes change throughout the growing season to a creamy white. This grass is a good focal point or background in a garden.

Hope these suggestions work for you!

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