Accent Plant Tolerant of Extreme Heat in Evening

overtherainbowApril 1, 2008

I have a small empty spot at the entrance to my house that pokes out a bit in front of the porch - a spot that has been screaming out for 15 years for an accent piece to draw the eye to the front door area. The soil is somewhat rich flower bedding soil that is on the sandy side. This really would be an idea place for something interesting - to its side would be a long hedge row of Holly that is 3' tall with about a dozen shorter round balls of boxwood undulating along in front of them. It will be under Live Oak trees almost all day long - HOWEVER come about 5 pm in the evening during the hot Texas summer, it will unfortunately receive two hours worth of very intense heat due to direct sunlight. I've tried growing large elephant ears but they balked and died in the sunlight and heat. I'd like to have a year-round, permanent plant - possibly flowering or with interesting leaves. My landscaping also includes a yew tree on the other side of the porch and pink crape myrtle trees softening the corners of my house. Asian Jasmine ground cover is formed into a footprint around the trunks of the Live Oaks. Any suggestions?

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So it's in deep shade all day long and then gets two hours of blasting sun in the summer evenings? Or partial shade and then direct sun?

What's going to happen to the light in the winter? How cold will it get?

And lastly, how tall would you like it?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2008 at 4:18PM
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