western facing balcony in south florida

swissmiss08June 11, 2012

HI EVERYONE,

I RECENTLY MOVED TO SOUTH FLORIDA AND HAVE A LARGE BALCONY

FACING WEST. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT FLOWERS AND PLANTS WILL DO

WELL IN THIS EXPOSURE.

THE BALCONY GETS FULL SUN FROM 1PM ON... SO VERY SUNNY AND HOT.

ANY ADVICE OR RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Hi & welcome to Gardenweb.

Most plants the local stores offer for full sun should do well, as long as they aren't known for being thirsty all the time. I love Bougainvillea vines, Dracaena marginata trees. Folks with experience in your intense sun would be best to advise, though.

FL is so different from everywhere else, with the unique climate and so many plants most of us have never heard of. You might find some good ideas by visiting the Florida forum too.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 11:57AM
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louisianagal(z7bMS)

I'm from New Orleans which has some similarities to Florida climate. Tropicals like hibiscus, bouganvilla, mandevilla, ixora, and things like shrimp plant, lantana, calibrocha, herbs like salvia, veggies like tomatoes, peppers, dwarf okra, ornamental peppers are gorgeous. I would definitely use light colored containers if you can, mulch the top of the soil, and you will most likely have to water at least daily.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 9:13AM
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