I am looking to do a patio garden or container at my condo. I live near Philadelphia tho. My back patio gets some sun but trees block it most of the time. Vegetables are probably out but what kind of foliage and/or flowering plants would anyone recommend? Charlene
Well depends on whether the containers will see sun or will be mostly in the shade. My shade ones I have ferns (my protected pots by the front door – the ferns are still green and growing), Helleborus, columbine, violas, petunias, primrose, ivy. My sun ones range from hardy fuchsia, ivy, different grasses, Gerber daisies,and lantana. I also container my herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme are year round here so I keep them up on my deck for ready kitchen access), and my lettuce. We have a really nice climate for just about anything – some people even have hardy banana trees, we are thinking of doing bamboo in our backyard – in containers because it can get out of control here. There are lots of micro-climates depending on where you place the container too. Succulents do well here too – I have started those in containers and I have some out in my sun garden.
Have her watch ‘Gardening with Ciscoe’ on King5 and Komo6 (Saturday and Sunday or check website), he also has a live show call in show on NWCN. He and Meegan do show a lot of container gardens. His philosophy is once they outgrow the container they go in the ground.
Plants that are blooming right now are Helleborus, viola (pansy), primroses are starting to bud out, but I notice them at the store yesterday already in bloom. I have bulbs emerging in my gardens and we got more snow last night (sorry guys but I am really over the snow thing – we don’t have the equipment to deal with it here).
I don't do seeds that often - I usually pick up the starters at the nurseries - and we have those in abundance here.
Hope this helps.
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My husband is from Spokane which is the eastern side of the state. He said the Western (Seattle area) has a longer growing season because of the climate. So definately take advise from the western side because Washington is definaley differant from one side to the other by a month or two.
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My niece recently moved back to the Seattle area and was hoping to start a patio / container garden on her deck at her new place.
I don't know much about the Washington area climate and growing conditions. I told her I would SHOUT OUT to my Garden friends for some ideas on what would be a good start for her.
** I did recommend visiting a local nursery or greenhouse to get some ideas on pricing and what grows well in that area. I know the Seattle area is huge so must likely she might not know where to find a good nursery.
NOT SURE that buying a bunch of seed packets to do starter would be a realistic approach to a small garden. Sometimes it is cheaper and more successful if you buy starters.
Please shout out and tell me what you grow in the Washington area.
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