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Feb 18, 2017 2:30 PM CST
|Hi, I have two planters in the front of my house that need plants....only problem is it is shady in the morning and hot direct sun in afternoon, and July-Sept it is very very hot sun. Have tried several things with no luck. Do you have any suggestions....area is very bland without the planters. Thanks|
Feb 18, 2017 5:37 PM CST
|Hi Susan, and a big to NGA. So glad you found your way here.
I wonder if some of these might work. Not sure what size your containers are? I am sure there are others in Texas that can help you with what they use in afternoon sun. @jon
There are many different salvias that might work.
Feb 18, 2017 6:12 PM CST
|Also consider cacti and some succulents. We grow Artichoke Agave (Agave parryi var. truncata) in a small container and it does fantastic, only needing watering when I think about it.|
Feb 18, 2017 6:38 PM CST
|Something to think about in the case of containers sitting in hot afternoon sun - paint them or cover them with something light colored to help keep the roots of your plants cool.
Just about anything except the Cacti and succulents will need to be watered every morning, as well. Most sun loving plants will do fine as long as you can keep them from cooking, and keep enough water in the pot for them.
Lynn, I'd disagree on the Brugmansia as mine definitely do better at keeping on blooming in afternoon shade here. Cannas would be great if you stood the containers in a deep saucer or even a tub, they love their feet to be kept wet.
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Feb 18, 2017 6:48 PM CST
|In my experience, it is really hard to kill Cannas or Lantanas; they get my vote. Another tough one is Mexican Heather.
Feb 18, 2017 7:25 PM CST
|Cactus - those planters definitely needs cactus. Or an Agave.
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Feb 18, 2017 10:37 PM CST
|How big are your planters? I have two citrus trees in pots that flank my front porch. Orange and lemon blossoms sure smell pretty while in bloom. They love the sun but need more water than trees in the ground.
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