Balcony Gardening - Knowledgebase Question

Atlanta, Ge
Question by jkbcws
May 23, 2010
Hello.
I don't know if my question was submited or not b/c i had to update my profile. If this was submited already, please ignore it. if not, I am looking for some flower and herb ideas to grow on my balcony. We get sun in the mornings and in the afternoon/evenings. I need something that doesn't have to be watered everyday b/c we travel a lot and can deal with hot/humid weather. Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
May 23, 2010

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I'd go with some drought tolerant plants. Some outstanding drought tolerant plants for Atlanta include: Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos), Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower), Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth ), Leonotis nepetifolia (annual lion's) Phaseolus acutifolius (tepary bean), Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose), Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia). Succulents include: Agave americana (agave ), Aloe saponaria (soap aloe), Aloe vera (medicinal aloe), Euphorbia tirucalli (pencil tree), Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi (South American air plant), Opuntia humifusa (hardy prickly pear), Stapelia spp. (carrion flower) and Tradescantia pallida (purple heart).

Some ornamental grasses to consider include: Festuca glauca (blue fescue), Imperata cylindrica (Japanese blood grass), Muhlenbergia capillaris (Gulf muhlygrass), Muhlenbergia lindheimeri (Lindheimer's muhlygrass), Nassella tenuissima (Mexican feather grass), Panicum virgatum (switchgrass), Pennisetum setaceum (African fountain grass), Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem), Sorghastrum nutans (indiangrass), Spartina bakeri (sand cordgrass), Uniola paniculata (sea oats).

Hope these suggestions are helpful. Enjoy yuour garden!

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