All Things Gardening forum: Annual plants for northeast sun, zone 6A

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Oct 26, 2017 4:01 AM CST
I will soon be moving, but only for 12 to 18 months. I will have a small garden on the northeast side of my home. I can put things in the ground, or in pots.

Since I know I will only be living there for a year and a half at maximum, I am starting to plan and I am looking for some plants that will grow well with this exposure in zone 6A but which flower in their first year.

If any vegetables will do well, I am open to hearing about them too.

I personally already have some ideas, but I am interested in what other people think or have experienced.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 26, 2017 7:46 AM CST
This sounds like a fun opportunity for you! Hope it goes well! The subject line says annuals, but then you refer to "flower in their first year." Annuals do not last for more than a year. The difference between 5b and 6a is not big at all.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Oct 26, 2017 8:04 AM CST
First year meaning only year I'll have them, I should say. Sorry, English!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 26, 2017 8:52 AM CST
Any plants sold in the "annual" section of the nursery/garden center are for that purpose, and most of the seeds in the seed racks.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Oct 26, 2017 9:58 PM CST
Well I know that. lol
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Oct 27, 2017 7:51 PM CST
Like Tiffany said the difference between 5B and 6A is very little. I would think the garden centers would be offering just about the same plants you are seeing now This area used to be 5B and they changed it to 6A. Hope you enjoy your time at your new home.
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Oct 27, 2017 9:34 PM CST
I probably didn't ask my question clearly enough because I haven't gotten the answers to the question I asked. Notice I didn't ask solely about the differences between zones--I asked about the differences between gardening from a northern exposure. Sometimes I think everything is perfectly clear but it's only clear to me!

So here is what I'm planning so far to attempt growing on the north side of a building:

Annual poppies
Begonia
Coleus

Mint
Peas
Radishes
Lettuce
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 28, 2017 5:43 AM CST
Oooh, I feel dense, so sorry to go off in a direction you did not intend. If the Begonias you have in mind are wax, they seem to be happy anywhere.

Coleus are not as generalized as all varieties performing at their best in the same exposure. And, if one is going to quantify best performance, there will be a lot of subjectivity in the particular appearance of each cultivar that each person finds most appealing. If they have "sun" in the name, the appearance might become faded in the shade. If you have the luxury in both available places to visit and the means to patronize, the higher-end owner-operated stores should have selections for both sun and shade, and indicate which goes where, according to the breeders.

I will show a bunch of pics of one cultivar, 'Indian Summer' as one example of the "many faces of a single Coleus cultivar":
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to the right:
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In a lot of shade, the plant at the bottom:
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Those are all pics within the past 2 months of various individuals in various exposures in my yard of 'Indian Summer.'
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Oct 28, 2017 7:17 AM CST
I think I want to try one of these "unstoppable" cultivars.

http://rotarygardens.blogspot....
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Oct 28, 2017 10:02 AM CST
Those are pretty! I don't think I have seen them before. I've never met a Begonia I didn't like, but have met a couple that didn't like me. The article says they were kept in full sun (direct sun for 6+ hours per day.)
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Oct 28, 2017 10:24 AM CST
I know, but I have kept other kinds of begonias in shade before and I have found that they do flower less, but that is OK with me because I like their foliage too.
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Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Nov 4, 2017 7:14 PM CST
How about Sweet Alyssum.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Nov 7, 2017 4:47 AM CST
I would suggest going standard and easy. Salvia, Marigolds, Zinnias for flowers. Most veggies are going to be annual. Home grown carrots are a surprise, lettuce is good, and of course cherry tomatoes.

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