Advice for Planter Box (Orange County CA)
Hi there. IÃ¢ÂÂm looking for plant suggestions for a planter box I built for the front of my house. ItÃ¢ÂÂs highly visible and a good opportunity to add color and style.
- Be colorful. I like blooms of warm colors like reds, oranges, yellows.
- Hang over the front and sides enough to add interest. I donÃ¢ÂÂt want to only see the box.
- Be consistent with my existing landscape & Spanish-Mediterranean-style home.
- Perennial or annuals are both OK options as long as I know what to switch out and when.
- I live in South Orange County. Sunset Western: 23. USDA 9B.
- The planter box (and front of my house) faces northwest. In the winter, it gets very little (if any) direct light. In the summer, it gets strong afternoon sun until sunset.
- Planter box dimensions: 10Ã¢ÂÂ+ wide/long, 1Ã¢ÂÂ deep (front to back), and 6Ã¢ÂÂ of soil.
- ItÃ¢ÂÂs well draining. IÃ¢ÂÂve got 15-20 holes with rocks at bottom for drainage with landscape fabric separating the soil from the rocks.
- It will be left out year round.
In addition to plant selection, IÃ¢ÂÂve got the following questions:
Do I try and squeeze plants in two rows: front (hanging) and back (height)? (Again, itÃ¢ÂÂs 12Ã¢ÂÂ front to back.)
Do I plant perennials (i.e. ivy geraniums) and keep them all year long or go for seasonal color and change my plants out in the spring & fall?
Do I just buy plants or start from seed?
Organic or synthetics? IÃ¢ÂÂm organic but IÃ¢ÂÂve read that many gardeners use synthetic fertilizers in their pots and planters and switch out the soil every couple of years since the plants need monthly feedings.
Anything else I should know about or consider?
Any advice would be appreciatedÃ¢ÂÂ¦
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