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4/4/09 1:00 P

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If you're feeling "daring" during the months when there isn't any snow on your patio & no freezing weather you could enjoy growing ORCHIDS!!

They're delightful & bloom in the Winter months.
Some varieties are hardier & easier to grow than others, such as Cymbidiums, which come in lovely different colors and thrive with not-too-much-care.

The thing to remember about Orchids is that they do NOT grow in soil ! They are air plants and their roots are covered with bark. Let me know if you'd like to try growing one of those in your patio. They're fun & if you figure out their "secret" they are also easy to grow.
Orchids grow ALL OVER THE WORLD . . . from hot tropical rain forests to frozen Arctic lands.

Whatever you decide to grow - - good luck and have fun with it.

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4/4/09 9:10 A

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Two of my favorite plants that like shade with a bit of sunshine are Impatiens and Coleus.
And both of these work great in containers.
JO

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4/4/09 8:36 A

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Those are great choices. There are lots of shade plants. Lily of the Valley is nice. Try going to one of the gardening sites (www.springhillnursery.com, www.gurneys.com) and looking at their "shade gardens" section for ideas. They have recommended planting zones, so you can find things that will grow in your area.

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4/4/09 7:43 A

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I vote for a nice Columbine and maybe a Bleeding Heart - maybe planted with a Hosta & some spikes might be nice. Since you live in Philadelphia, Pansies or Violas would be nice.

Good luck, Charlene! Keep growing!

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4/4/09 6:56 A

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I am looking to do an easy to care for patio garden or container garden at my condo. I live near Philadelphia. 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?
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