What to plant....

dannic_az(z8)June 3, 2006

I have a small bed between the walk up to the front door and the house. It is exposed to HOT (it's 104 right now, with more to come) fullsun Southwestern Exp. I have tried to plant different flowers, ect there only to watch them shrivel and die. I am looking to some heat/sun loving (not just tolerant) perennials (flowering or non) to put there that stand a good chance of thriving there. Any ideas of ground covers to grow underneath would be appreciated as well.

The bed is long and narrow, so bushy things would restrict the walkway. Thanx for your help. Dannic

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pablo_nh(z4/5 NH)

Look at the xeriscaping forum for a ton of good ideas. Aside from that- I could only suggest cacti.

But hey- whadda I know- I live in Cow Hampshire

    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 8:51AM
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pablo_nh(z4/5 NH)

Here's a link to the forum.

Here is a link that might be useful: xeriscaping

    Bookmark   June 6, 2006 at 9:14AM
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gurley157fs(zone 7/8sc)

Here is a short list of heat lovers:

Portulaca - very colorful
Lantana - very colorful
Sedum
Rosemary

These are all plants that thrive in the hot blazing sun and don't like too much tender loving care.

I live in a very humid area but I have spent a little time in your part of the world. While I totally igore these plants you may want to provide a VERY slow drip soaker hose. Don't give them too much rich soil or fertilizer though - they don't like it.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2006 at 9:54PM
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gurley157fs(zone 7/8sc)

BTW, any of those plants can simply be snipped back if they get too bushy. When I trim back my rosemary I throw a couple of sprigs into simmering water to make the house smell wonderful.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2006 at 9:57PM
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