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Cascading Flowers for Retaining Wall

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Roxanne26-Feb-08 02:41 PM EST 5a   
Angel28-Feb-08 12:39 PM EST 3   
Mary02-Mar-08 03:45 PM EST 5a   
Kath24-Mar-08 09:43 PM EST 3a   
Leo12-Apr-08 08:28 AM EST   

Subject: Cascading Flowers for Retaining Wall
From: Roxanne
Zone: 5a
Date: 26-Feb-08 02:41 PM EST

I have a 6 ft. retaining wall at the front of the house. I am going to put long low containers on top of it - no space for a bed. It receives totally full sun. I am hoping to create a stunning show of "something" cascading down this wall. I'd like to avoid, if possible, the usual petunias. I was thinking of using vines of some sort and rather than have them climb they could cascade. However, I don't know if this will work. Any suggestions on what would grow fast and help create this effect? Nothing I've come across will trail or cascade the length I'm envisioning.

Subject: RE: Cascading Flowers for Retaining Wall
From: Angel
Zone: 3
Date: 28-Feb-08 12:39 PM EST

Hi Roxanne, I'm a big fan of vines. I've used sweet peas, morning glories, cup and saucer, brown eyed susan, cypress vine and nasturium. I've never tried a mandavilla but it seems to be very popular. These are all annuals in my zone. If you're looking for perennials the clematis is always a favorite. I don't know what you have in mind but maybe one of those will work.

Subject: RE: Cascading Flowers for Retaining Wall
From: Mary
Zone: 5a
Date: 02-Mar-08 03:45 PM EST

Hi Roxanne,

I have planted morning glories in the past from a high retaining wall wanting them to cascade....morning glories like to grow up....not cascade. The vine will start to hang and then wrap around itself heading back up from whence it came.

Good luck

Subject: RE: Cascading Flowers for Retaining Wall
From: Kath (
Zone: 3a
Date: 24-Mar-08 09:43 PM EST

Hi there! You may want to find some flowering ivy, or even try some climbing honeysuckle... most "regular" vines will all grow toward the sun :) if you are feeling creative, have a peek at some plants that are meant for a rock garden... a lot of the creepers suggested for those have a cascading habit, and look fantastic both in and out of bloom... :) i have seen quite a few ideas in the veseys catalogue this season... maybe that will give you some inspiration to take to the nursery this spring! Good luck!

Subject: RE: Cascading Flowers for Retaining Wall
From: Leo
Date: 12-Apr-08 08:28 AM EST

Kath's right on the creative idea,I suggest herbs and edible flowers and fruit trees not only colorful and exotic all year round but you can grab something to munch on too!! A lot more maintenance is right!! "bring it on" Its been a long winter!!!

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