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Name: Sandy
Tennessee (Zone 6b)
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Lakeside
Nov 14, 2017 5:03 PM CST
Has anyone else noticed that gardens planted next to clothes dryer vents tend to do really well? I have a hosta and fern bed planted along the foundation of my house and the plants right near where the dryer vent blows seem to do better than the rest. Makes me wonder if I could stretch past my normal hardiness zone in this little micro climate.

My mother also had a dryer vent garden that seemed to magically grow things like calla lilies and ferns that she had no luck with elsewhere.

Anyone else have plants that thrive in these little warm spots?


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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Nov 14, 2017 6:04 PM CST
I await responses. My experience with my dryer vent is it just kills anything that is growing by it, so I figured the hot air was just too much. Perhaps I need to re-think what I plant there. My vent is on the west side of the house, so it gets intense afternoon heat already. This particular bed is raised and usually has vegetables of some sort (tomatoes, corn, sunflowers) with a gaping hole around the vent.
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Name: Sandy
Tennessee (Zone 6b)
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Lakeside
Nov 14, 2017 6:31 PM CST
My dryer vent garden is on the north side of the house. A very shady, cool, spot, so maybe that's why the plants like the extra warmth. If I remember correctly, my mom's dryer vent was on the north side of her house also. So, maybe my theory only works if the vent is on the cool side of the house Smiling
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Nov 14, 2017 6:34 PM CST
I had a dryer vent opening to my cement covered patio. I had a lot of different potted plants near it including tropical Hibiscus. The Hibiscus seemed to love the extra heat and humidity. It lived on and kept blooming longer than potted hibiscus that were out in the yard.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 14, 2017 9:51 PM CST
I have to double water the elaeagnus that sits in front of my dryer vent in the summertime. I suppose it all depends on the location. My vent is on brick and gets hot afternoon sun because the bushes around it are so much more sparse than the rest of the hedge. But there IS a rogue tree growing under it that seems to love the heat because I can't seem to kill it.
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