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Apr 10, 2021 8:45 AM CST
Name: Valerie Bundy
Rochester, NY (Zone 6a)
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Hello everyone,
I'm looking for ideas for annual flowers, no yellows or oranges, for East-facing outdoor window boxes on a patio. The area gets 6 to 8 hours of sun beginning at sunrise. Any and all suggestions welcome!
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Apr 10, 2021 1:15 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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No orange or yellow? How sad!

Petunias, snapdragons, Larkspurs, poppies, purple sweet potatoes.... Take a trip to the Big Box store and see what they have.
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Apr 10, 2021 4:40 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Tomato Heads Hostas Tropicals Annuals Foliage Fan Aroids
Geraniums, verbena, lantana, sun coleus, African daisies
What Daisy said: go to box stores and look for anything that likes the sun.
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Apr 10, 2021 11:38 PM CST
Name: Valerie Bundy
Rochester, NY (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover
To Daisyl, yes it is sad about the orange/yellow thing. I'm not sure what her issue is with those colors (I'm posting on behalf of a friend) It may be that she just isn't fond of those colors. In any case, Thank You! for the suggestions!
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Apr 10, 2021 11:41 PM CST
Name: Valerie Bundy
Rochester, NY (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover
Frenchy21, Thank You! as well for your suggestions. I will share your response with my friend!
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Apr 11, 2021 12:06 AM CST
Name: Eli
Southern CA (Zone 10b)
Columbines ... they have many colors but mine are purple with a white center.

Anemones ... I have a pot of them that bloom red, white and blue (yes, it's to be patriotic)

Cuban lilly (Scilla peruviana) — these are blue

Hyacinths — they have purple and white varieties

And another easy plant is the "purple heart" has small pink flowers against dark purplish leaves — super easy to grow and easy propagation

Blue alliums

Muscari armeniacum also known as grape hyacinths — they are blue and can be invasive

Jasmine — white and smell lovely!!

Zinnias

Freesia

Crocus

AND .... Calla lilies come in a great variety as well

I have grown all of them in pots at one time or another ... and all are simple.

Hope that's plenty.
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Apr 11, 2021 8:11 AM CST
Name: Valerie Bundy
Rochester, NY (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover
Thank You! Bandaids! Great suggestions! I will pass them on to my friend, who I am certain will be grateful.
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Apr 11, 2021 8:52 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Lots of great suggestions but as your friend if she expects/wants flowering * all summer. That will help narrow it. Many people do not realize how many flowers do NOT keep blooming all summer.

*coleus, purple heart and others do give "color" all summer

Salvias (many kinds) seem pretty bulletproof and those I have grown keep blooming, even the perennials.
Plant it and they will come.
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Apr 11, 2021 10:33 AM CST
Name: Valerie Bundy
Rochester, NY (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover
I tip my hat to you. Sallyg, you nailed it. That's exactly what she's trying to accomplish, summer-long blooming colorful flowers! Thank You!
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Apr 13, 2021 3:46 PM CST
Name: Eli
Southern CA (Zone 10b)
I just remembered a few more plants for you (and I have grown all in pots/planters).

Spanish Lavender (shorter than English lavender)

Blue ginger — requires bright light and shade loving

Galvezia speciosa (island snapdragon "firecracker" color is red) and hummingbirds enjoy them. This plant also bloomed a couple times a year for me.

Mandevilla — mine bloomed a few times a year

Iochroma PURPLE QUEEN .... love the color and was able to get it to bloom more than once a year.

Medinilla magnifica — also known as Philippine orchid which comes in white or pink. Mine blooms several times a year. Needs bright light and is shade loving

If the patio can accommodate red bananas such as red Abyssinian ... or dwarf red bananas ... variegated leaf bananas. Not flowers but are pretty and add color like some varieties of ti.

And .... hibiscus come in a variety of colors and combinations.

That's all I have. LOL! Hope it works out for your friend.
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Apr 13, 2021 4:22 PM CST
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL ✌️👍☼🌷⚘ (Zone 8b)
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If you buy beautiful leaves and end up with flowers too, that's a fine way to go! : + ) Except when I kill instead of grow, I'm never disappointed this way.
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Apr 13, 2021 5:32 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Medinilla, mandevilla, not going to live in the box thru winter in NY.
Plant it and they will come.
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Apr 14, 2021 4:48 PM CST
Name: Valerie Bundy
Rochester, NY (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover
Thank You! EVERYONE from my friend & from me as well! I tip my hat to you.
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