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shade trailing plants for pots?

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Michelle30-Jul-01 10:55 PM EST 3   
Debbie31-Jul-01 12:27 PM EST   
Brian @ P&P Plants31-Jul-01 07:44 PM EST 3   
Ed31-Jul-01 09:29 PM EST 5   
Dawn31-Jul-01 11:39 PM EST 3   
Northern Gardener01-Aug-01 12:56 AM EST 3   

Subject: shade trailing plants for pots?
From: Michelle
Zone: 3
Date: 30-Jul-01 10:55 PM EST

I'd love to put a long narrow container on my guard rail on my second-flour balcony and put plants in it that will trail beautifully down, but it's on the north side of the house and captures only the afternoon sun. Does anyone know what plants would be the best for this? So far all I have been able to think of are begonias and impatiens, but I don't know whether there are trailing types. I am hoping to find something that would hang down at least 1/2 metre from the container, with large scarlet, pink or orange flowers. Am I being unrealistic? (one can only dream!)

Subject: RE: shade trailing plants for pots?
From: Debbie
Date: 31-Jul-01 12:27 PM EST

Some of the Ivy Geraniums such as the designer series are shade tolerant..won't be 1/2 meter but will hang some what. Check the tags next spring when you go to purchase them.

Subject: RE: shade trailing plants for pots?
From: Brian @ P&P Plants
Zone: 3
Date: 31-Jul-01 07:44 PM EST

Fuschia is attractive. Put in a Spider Plant. Try Strawberries that have runners.

Subject: RE: shade trailing plants for pots?
From: Ed
Zone: 5
Date: 31-Jul-01 09:29 PM EST

If the shade is only that of the building itself, I would not hesitate to try some of the newer varieties of petunias. Well, perhaps not quite 1/2 M., but close to it. Include a few English ivy for contrast and you've got it made. Assume your dreaming does not include the current season.

Subject: RE: shade trailing plants for pots?
From: Dawn
Zone: 3
Date: 31-Jul-01 11:39 PM EST

Another trailer you may want to incorporate is "Lamiastrum" aka False Lamium. It's usually sold as a basket stuffer and will trail to 24". It has green and silver striped foliage. You can take a few cuttings in the fall and overwinter them inside.

Subject: RE: shade trailing plants for pots?
From: Northern Gardener
Zone: 3
Date: 01-Aug-01 12:56 AM EST

**Assuming the afternoon sun in that locale is NOT drying & parching.**

Opening-up your criteria of "part-shade trailers with LARGE scarlet, pink or orange blooms"...In random order:

Any type of fern.

For 1 1/2" yellow-orange flowers try Black-eyed Susan vine (thunbergia alata)should easily reach about 3ft.

Creeping Jenny 'Goldilocks' (yellow leaf perennial looks great in containers!) or the green leaf variety about 2 ft.

Any of the lamium family--- silver nettle vine; Pink Pewter lamium; the yellow leaf one...etc. Agree with Dawn, the very silvery 'Herman's Pride' (lamiastrum galeobdolon).

Any of the ivies; vinca vines (Wojo's Gem...yellow & green varigated). If the vines get too long, pinch them back...they'll get bushier for you.

Lobelia -Crimson or Rosamonde.

You might have enough sun for: Bacopa & Terra-Cotta million bells.

My favorite blooming trailer for part sun: 'Summer Wave Blue' Torenia hybrid. Blooms lovely purple gloxina-shaped flowers. Mine are almost touching the driveway in the urns they're planted in!

To meet your criteria: Illusion, Angel Wing, or Dragon Wing Begonia...but these may not have enough length for you.

We never know, next year we may find something new from Proven Winners or Gardens Pride in those colours & trailing.

Uprights to try: browallia; upright torenia; pansies & violas; mimulus; coleus; schizanthus. Hope these help you.

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