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trout lily 03-01-2009 04:55 PM

What flowers would you suggest for a porch planter?
 
I have a flower box attached to the front porch railing; in the summer, I hang a hummingbird feeder above it. What would be the best annual plants to use? The porch gets sunlight for 6 hours.

DesertSage 03-01-2009 06:11 PM

Salvia splendens

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/243

TheLorax 03-01-2009 06:16 PM

That's a real pretty plant and it is native. Do you think she could bring it in her garage box and all so she wouldn't have to start from scratch again next year since it is a perennial? I've heard of people who bring their flower boxes in over winter. They keep the soil moist and the plants can be stuck back out again the next season.

Sage 03-01-2009 08:33 PM

My favorites for balcony planters are verbenas and cosmos. Last summer I had white, purple and bright pink verbenas.

biigblueyes 03-01-2009 08:35 PM

Cosmos in a porch planter? How tall do they get there? They get around 5' here

Equilibrium 03-01-2009 09:09 PM

Spigelia marilandica http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SPMA3 it is a perennial. This one is a hummingbird magnet.

doccat5 03-01-2009 10:22 PM

How about some Sweet William. They make a lovely "edge".

Sage 03-02-2009 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by biigblueyes (Post 10961)
Cosmos in a porch planter? How tall do they get there? They get around 5' here

Around here they only get about 2-3' but in the planters, less than that. I put them in the long terra cotta planters on the floor of the balcony in front of the railing. I love the bright colors, the delicateness and the way they move with the breezes.

trout lily 03-02-2009 04:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Equilibrium (Post 10975)
Spigelia marilandica http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SPMA3 it is a perennial. This one is a hummingbird magnet.

That woodland plant is lovely, but I don't think it would live through the brutal winters we've been having in NH. Spring is less than 3 weeks away, but tomorrow's high is supposed to be 10 degrees with a wind advisory. Today, we had a snowstorm that gave us 18' of snow. :rolleyes: Are there similar native plants that you'd suggest for hummingbirds that could take northern New England winters?

biigblueyes 03-02-2009 07:03 PM

I love cosmos. They're so airy with big lollipop flowers floating above it all. I have 3 kinds planted in flats.

I'll be brave and plant some of everything this week in the garden. Our "average last frost date" is Mar 16, but the 14 day forecast is looking great. We have a freeze predicted tonight, then the lows should be in the 50's after that.


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