flowers on privacy fence - Knowledgebase Question

Cassadaga, Ne
Question by lynndl3
March 20, 2010
we have a 70 foot redwood stained privacy fence.Do you think it would look ok to put either window boxes on it or hanging baskets?Any ideas on colors of flowers that may look good?


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Answer from NGA
March 20, 2010

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You can put window boxes on your fence and they will look stunning planted with colorful trailing plants such as petunias or coral vine, but you'll need to pay close attention to watering needs - planter boxes can dry out quickly during hot summer days. Or, you can plant annual vines such as morning glory or sweet peas and train them up the fence. If you have your heart set on planter boxes, choose heat and drought tolerant annuals or perennials. Drought-tolerant flowers like coreopsis add bright bursts of yellowish orange to the planter. Their low, moundlike shape and lacelike foliage is ideal tucked within a planter. Another drought-tolerant summer plant is the aster. Asters are tough perennials that tolerate any soil type. Their bluish-purple blooms grow almost 3 inches wide and emerge in early summer to last through the fall. Asters also come back each year fuller and healthier, to create a long-lasting planter design. Salvias and petunias are also choice plants for planter boxes. Enjoy your garden!

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