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Name: Pat
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sunshinepatt
Jan 27, 2017 4:13 PM CST
I have a small patio what are the best annuals, perennials or succulents for flower boxes and what the season is. Right now I have no idea haw much sun will be on patio
Really appreciate
thanks Pat
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Weedwhacker
Jan 27, 2017 5:02 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @sunshinepatt !

I might be wrong, but I don't think anyone can make any suggestions in answer to your question without having an idea of how much sun your patio is going to get. Can you tell us which direction it is facing, and whether there is anything that will block the sun? Smiling
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tarev
Jan 27, 2017 7:17 PM CST
Hello Pat, my niece in Las Vegas grows various succulents, but it is under some protection in their patio, all in containers so they can easily move it around as needed,and gets some shade to prevent the plants from drying out too fast and burning in the hot and dry Vegas heat during the dry months.

As Sandy suggested, try to see the sun orientation too. You have to observe how long the sun duration is. Morning sun is nicer, afternoon sun is a scorcher, so it helps to have some shade protection for any plant you will grow there during the long hot days.

Some succulents are active winter growers, some go dormant when excessive heat is around and it waits till the cooler temps of Fall return.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 27, 2017 8:25 PM CST
You can grow Adenium obesum in containers, planted in very well draining media. It can take direct sun and dry heat very well, but you will have to water it often during the hot dry months. During late Fall, when temps start dipping overnight below 50F, bring it indoors. Then observe your conditions. It may go totally deciduous while dormant, or it may hold on to remaining leaves while dormant, so you have to adjust/lessen watering when it happens. Feel free to read more about them on our other forum here discussing more about Adenium obesum, it is a lovely plant, grown both for its blooms and the lovely caudex it forms.

In my area, we get into the very dry triple digits too, and it just loves that heat, but I have to water often, since humidity is so low, and no rain at all.
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There are many cacti you can grow there too, and cacti displays wonderful blooms during Spring or sometimes all the way to Fall.
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 28, 2017 3:36 AM CST
The direction your area faces (north, east, west, or south) will matter a lot in a climate like Las Vegas'.

If you don't know, look your building up on Google Maps and make sure "north" is "up" and you can tell that way.
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