new gardener - Knowledgebase Question

randallstown, Ma
Question by tope_stone20
March 25, 2010
am new to planting anything. i live in an apartment complex and my balcony is exposed to sunlight a lot. what type of plants do you suggest i grow in pots. i live in baltimore. i will like plants that require minimal maintainance and can grow back the next year without me doing much. what is your take on me doing roses?


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Answer from NGA
March 25, 2010

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There are lots of plants that are suitable for growing in containers, including roses. The problem you'll face is that the roots will be exposed to cold winter temperatures which can kill them over the winter months. Unless there is a protected place to put the containers during the winter months, you might want to stick with annuals that you replace every spring. Here are some sun lovers for you to try:
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed; Agastache foeniculum - Anise hyssop; Amsonia spp. - Amsonia; Artemisia spp. - Artemisia; Aster spp. - Asters; Baptisia australis - False blue indigo; Centauria montana - Perennial bachelor?s button; Coreopsis spp.- Coreopsis; Dianthus spp. - Pinks; Echinacea purpurea - Purple cone flower; Echinops ritro - Globe thistle; Erygium spp. - Sea holly; Euphorbia sp. - Spurge; Gaillardia spp. - Blanket flower; Geranium macchrorhizum - Bigroot geranium; Helleborus sp. ? Hellebores; Hemerocallis spp. ? Daylily; Hibiscus moscheutos - Common mallow; Hosta sp. - Hosta; Iris sibirica - Siberian iris; Lavendula angustifolia -Lavender; Liatris spp. - Gay feather; Nepeta spp. - Catmint; Paeonia sp. - Peony; Perovskia atriplicifolia - Russian sage; Phlox spp.- Phlox; Rudbeckia spp. - Black-eyed Susan; Salvia spp. - Sage; Sedum spp. - Sedum; Sempervirens tectorum - Hens and chicks; Stachys byzantina - Lamb= ears; Stokesia laevis - Stokes aster; Thymus spp. - Thyme; Verbascum spp. - Mullein; and Yucca spp. - Yucca.

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