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Windy and Full Sun

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glenda04-Oct-03 10:52 AM EST
Susan05-Oct-03 05:19 AM EST 6a   
Glenda06-Oct-03 05:01 PM EST 6a   

Subject: Windy and Full Sun
From: glenda
Date: 04-Oct-03 10:52 AM EST

I'm hoping someone can help me with a gardening problem. We live on the bench of the Niagara Escarpment in Beamsville (Zone 6a/b I think). The front of our house faces west, with no trees for shade. It is also a very open area that gets wind fairly consistently, and frequently quite strong. To add another complication, the garden is large (15 x25 feet), and terraced down a 5 foot slope with two rows of dolostone gabian stones.

I currently have perrenials planted in this garden. Some plants are standing up to the wind and heat fairly well (rudbeckia, shasta daisy, mums, phlox, coreopsis, cranesill, cornflower), but others are being laid down by the wind (echinacea, gaillardia, rayflower, globe thistle, bell flower, bee balm, daylilies, yarrow). I've tried staking and tomato cages, but the wind still pushes these plants over. I'm moving these plants to the backyard which is fenced and provides more shelter from the wind.

I'm trying to find plants that will withstand the wind, and still provide some height to hide the foundation of the house. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Subject: RE: Windy and Full Sun
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 05-Oct-03 05:19 AM EST

Why not try adding some 'Pink Beauty' potentilla shrubs? I love these plants - they are a mounding shrub that get to be about 2-3 feet tall and wide at most so they fit into a perennial garden easily. I have several in my driveway border and they are wonderful. They are late to leaf out in spring - you think they're dead until late May when they suddenly leaf out and flower shortly after. They start flowering in June and mine are still in flower now! The flowers are deep peachy-pink in early summer and fall but fade to almost white in the heat of mid-summer. To keep them looking neat, each spring remove about a third of the older branches right at the base to encourage new growth. For a picture of one of mine, go to:


I've tried both the Abbotswood and MacKay's White types and find them not as satisfactory - they leaf out sooner in the spring but have one showy display of flowers early and then only produce a few flowers the rest of the summer. I find the yellow potentilla shrubs a harsh color and I've not tried the red or orange ones because they don't fit my color scheme but I highly recomend Pink Beauty. It's drought tolerant, pest and disease free and looks fabulous.

Subject: RE: Windy and Full Sun
From: Glenda
Zone: 6a
Date: 06-Oct-03 05:01 PM EST

Susan: Thanks for the tip! I'll keep an eye out for this particular potentilla the next time I'm out hunting. The pink should work well with the other plants that I'm leaving in that garden.

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