annuals for patio deck pots in full sun

marcincon(z5/6 MA)August 6, 2006

Looking for either annunals that flower all summer or annual plants that will strive full sun (6+ hours) and tolerate dry soil most of time in large wooden barrels. I've planted geraniums and pinched dead ones but they tend to take a long time to grow back. Planted petunias and pinched dead ones but they keep growing and showing new flowers at tip and show mostly the green leaves on the bottom. Planted licorice plant but it's rather boring. Planted vinca ivy and grows too long that it crawls on the ground. I love putting my spikey long leave plant in the center for a fan fullness effect but can never find the right plants to grow underneath. What can I grow? Your forums recommend: marigolds, wax begonias, celosia, saliva, alyssum. Anything else??? Appreciate any advice.

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There are lots of things that will flower their heads off in full sun containers but not so many that will tolerate dry soil. Portulaca is one. A creeper in habit. Comes in a bunch of colors. If you will water every day, your choices increase dramatically.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2006 at 12:05PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

If you water your pots you will find geraneums and petunias are pretty much non stop.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2006 at 3:40PM
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tjsangel(z5 OH)

I am thinking of Zinnias. Calendula (type of marigold) might do well. Also Gazania and Cosmos-there are dwarf varieties. Good luck,


    Bookmark   August 6, 2006 at 8:06PM
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nancy_in_co(z5 CO)

How about Lantana and verbena rigida? I acutally plant perennials in my hot, dry pots. Lavender, rosemary, hens and chicks and some of the big sedums like neon and autumn joy do very well in pots. I actually just overwinter the sedums in their pots.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2006 at 2:56PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

Vinca. Loves full sun and tolerates drier soil quite well. I've grown the trailing vinca in the past, and like you wasn't too thrilled with it. Not the same thing as the "regular" vinca, though.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2006 at 6:43PM
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flowers_in_va(z5 VA)

My deck gets full sun and I plant verbena in some of the pots and profusion zinnias. Both do well. I haven't found anything that does better. Petunias can't take the heat. I water twice a day when it's really hot.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2006 at 9:46PM
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garden_grammie(SE Pa.)

I had great success with purple fountain grass,verbena and sweet potatoe vines. I use blackie as well as the usual yellow leafed variety. You do have to supply some water when the temps are high, but they are doing wonderfully and at this time of year, look great for fall interest as well.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2006 at 8:37AM
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"I love putting my spikey long leave plant in the center for a fan fullness effect but can never find the right plants to grow underneath."

LOL,marcincon. That's exactly how I feel too. I have pretty good luck growing plants but the mixing of different ones baffles me!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 9:30PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Well, I don't know that this would work with spikey grass, but I've been loving my rudbeckia Toto Gold this year. I have some planted in a ceramic pot on my back patio, which is surrounded on two sides by the asphalt driveway. It gets full sun for well over half the day, and it is blazing hot.

The Toto Gold have looked spectacular this year. One might even think they were artificial since the individual flowers stay in bloom for so long, lol. I do water them at least every other day, but again, that ceramic pot seems to dry out more quickly than my usual plastic pots.


    Bookmark   August 21, 2006 at 10:21PM
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marcincon(z5/6 MA)

Thanks everyone for your help! Now I've got a collection of plants to try next year 8-) I've also added Impatiens 'New Guinea', creeping daisy, tom thumb zinna & creeping zinnia, melampodium, gazania ringens, dwarf marigold, mallow pink queen, globe amaranth gomphrena, osteopermum, ornamental pepper, pentas, dahlberg daisy, salvia, nasturium, strawflower bracteantha or helichrysum bracteatum, amaranthus, nigella fennel flower. Who knows what will work but I'm willing to try anything! Hope this list helps in the future. Thanks again!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2006 at 6:51AM
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I saw something in the seed exchange -- look under the header "HAVE: Esperanza". When I looked it up, it prefers the conditions you describe!

I've never grown it myself, but I did work out a trade with the gal so I can try it for next year.


    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 1:36AM
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You will love melampodium. Non stop blooms and no deadheading. No watering either. Also check out the profusion zinnias. I have the orange I grew from traded seed and it also has continuous blooms without deadheading or picking dead flowers off. Both are what you would call self cleaning!!


    Bookmark   August 24, 2006 at 11:03PM
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Sanvitalia, nemesia, and angelonia look great in sunny pots.
Gomphrena globosa is a tall addition of color, esp. the purple.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2006 at 9:22AM
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