Planter Box-Fall - Knowledgebase Question

Cayucos, Ca
Question by jnunes
October 19, 2009
I am a beginner and want to plant a planter box in front of my house. I live on the Central Coast across from the ocean, and was just wondering what kind of plants or flowers can I plant during this time of year.
Joleen Nunes

Answer from NGA
October 19, 2009


There are lots of plants you can grow in your planter box. Here are a few that grow well in coastal situations:
Verbena bonariensis - Tall and slender, this perennial sways in the wind and delivers a lovely blue haze of flowers through much of summer. It also self sows in the garden without being a pest.

Geranium 'Rozanne' - Colorful and long-flowering in mild weather along the coast.
Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum')
Growing 5 feet tall and wide, its soft, feathery flower heads sway in the slightest breeze.

Salvia uliginosa - This 5-foot tall, 4-foot wide perennial produces its sky-blue flowers from summer through fall with little care. Spreads by rhizomes.

Crocosmia 'Emily McKenzie' - Has grassy leaves and elegant orange flowers with a red eye. Multiplies and spreads from corms with little care beyond occasional weeding.

Canna 'Tropicanna' - Bright orange flower and big, purplish, banana-like leaves links seaside gardens with the tropics. Just don't plant it where wind will shred the leaves.

Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans) - Actually from Madeira, this plant produces wonderful spikes of blue-purple flowers along the coast in poor soil and with practically no extra water. Bees love it.

Enjoy your new planter box!

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