growing flowers in a penthouse balcony - Knowledgebase Question

miami, Fl
Question by lety_fl
October 25, 2009
I just moved into a Brickell condo in Miami and I

Answer from NGA
October 25, 2009


Some wind-tolerant plants to consider include:

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea Spp.) Shrub with long, thorny canes with alternate, heart-shaped leaves and flowers, enclosed by highly colored bracts. Tolerant to full sun, salt, and soil alkalinity. Can be grown as small tree, hedge, or trellised.

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) Very colorful shrub. Leaves are coarse in texture and brightly variegated in color. Moderately tolerant of salt.

Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) Multiple-stemmed, robust shrubs with evergreen leaves. Year-round showy flowers come in various colors. May lose buds before opening due to midge insect larva. Not tolerant of salt or alkaline soil.

Oleander (Nerium oleander) Choose a dwarf variety. Leaves are long, thin, leathery, dark green above, and light green below. Flower color can be red, pink, yellow, white, and may be single or double forms. Tolerant of wind, salt, drought, and alkaline soil.

Golden Creeper (Ernodea littoralis) Native to Florida. Height 1-3 ft. Undulating, woody growth. Yellow-green leaves. Year-round pink flowers, and yellow seeds.

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella) Native to Florida. Height 1-1.5 ft. Round clumping, herbaceous growth. Gray-green leaves. Year-round red or yellow, showy flowers with citrus scent. A favorite of bees and other pollinators.

Railroad Vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae) Native to Florida. Height 0.3-0.6 ft. Herbaceous growth. Green leaves. Purple, showy flowers in summer-fall.

Sea Purselane (Sesuvium portulacastrum) Native to Florida. Height 1-1.5 ft. Herbaceous growth. Green fleshy leaves. Pink, showy flowers year-round. Common seaside plant. Edible.

Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata) Native to the Keys. Height 3-5 ft. Herbaceous growth. Green grass-like leaves. White flowers in spring-summer.

Dwarf Lantana* (Lantana involucrata) Native to the Keys. Height 0.7 ft. Herbaceous growth. Green leaves. Yellow or orange-red, showy flowers year-round.

Blue Porterweed* (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis) Native to the Keys. Height 1-1.5 ft. Herbaceous growth. Green leaves. Bright blue flowers year-round.

Spider lily (Hymenocallis latifolia) Native to Florida. Height 1-3 ft. Bulb that forms large clumps in time. Green leaves. Showy, fragrant flowers in summer. Produces seeds readily.

Crinum Lily (Crinum Spp.) Some varieties are native to Florida. Height 5 ft. Herb with onion-like bulb. Light green, smooth leaves. Fragrant flowers cluster at top with 10-20 blooms. Buds are dark red outside, open flowers are white with a red stripe. The flower stalk is often purple.

Beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis) Native to the Keys. Height 1-2 ft. Herb with yellow, showy flowers year-round. Self seeding. Drought and salt tolerant. Not flood tolerant and does not like over-watering.

Coontie (Zamia pumila) Native to Florida. Height 1-3 ft. Woody plant with green, stiff leaves and no flowers.

Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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