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toronto_salMay 15, 2006


I used to be on here when I had a garden a few years ago, and now I have a tiny little balcony garden which I just got started yesterday. As you will see if you care to have a look, I really am pretty excited about it even though it's tiny. It's been about 6 years since I was able to do any kind of gardening!

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas for the shady side? I'll be shopping again next weekend

Looking forward to getting to know my fellow balcony gardeners :)


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Diascia and Bacopa might do well if you're looking for something that flowers. I love these two and work them in anywhere I can. They are non-stop bloomers for me and I like them because they drape over the pot.

I enjoyed looking at your pics. You've got some nice looking plants. The area in question isn't totally shady, is it?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2006 at 9:19PM
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Thanks Mammie! I've noted the names and I'll have a look for them today :)I like the draping idea, and I am looking for something that will flower for as long as possible. The area isn't completely shady, it's about 3/4 shade when the tree is in full leaf (if that's the right expression!)

Thanks for the compliment :) my family's far away and they love seeing what I'm up to, even if it's just a little balcony gardening.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2006 at 12:11PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

Hi Sal! Glad to have you popping by! :-D

Torenia and annual lobelia (the latter which I'm trying this year) are shade tolerant. Both are low growing. Also tuberous begonias will grow in shade and there are many "hot" colors available for those. And don't forget fuchsias - there are many, including the upright and hanging types.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2006 at 1:14PM
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Just got back from the garden centre - the begonias looked lovely, and the fuschias, oh my goodness!! Huge flowers! A little too grand for my humble balcony, in the end I got an impatience, I usually am not a fan, but this one is called jungle gold, and has a really odd little golden flower, and I got a Bacopa, which do look lovely when they trail over the edge. They're just tiny ones right now, but they seem like good choices for that area so hopefully I won't forget to water them, and they'll do well :) I also planted my little alpine strawberry on the sunny side. That was a fun afternoon. (especially the part where I tied knots into plastic bags to fill half the pot before adding the earth.. the pot was way too deep, I hope the plastic doesnt leach and kill the plants!!)


    Bookmark   May 20, 2006 at 6:04PM
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Sounds like you made some nice choices! I'll bet the Jungle Gold Impatient is really pretty. I haven't seen those yet. Happy growing!!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2006 at 9:44PM
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I got this idea from someone on this site, perhaps.

Collect alum. soda cans, stomp on them, and use them in the bottom of a larger pot.

I'm starting to do this, since lifting pots that are too heavy are impossible for me. Seems a really nice solution.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2006 at 12:24PM
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Cave, I've heard of using soda cans but haven't tried it yet. My husband would freak. He collects all our coke and beer cans and recycles them. I could tell him I'd be recycling them too, in a way...but with no money involved. LOL

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 10:29AM
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