Need ideas on what to plan along front porch in LA

hollynlaAugust 17, 2014

Hi, I'm in south Louisiana. Along the front of our house is a front porch that wraps around one side. We've planted enchore azaleas there with no luck. Then last summer I planted some oleander, and being young plants, they did not survive our extremely harsh (rare) winter we had which had several icing events and temps down in the teens.

So now we are debating what we should put in the area. I'm looking for any ideas. The area gets part sun/shade, probably more sun than shade. I would not say the area is well drained so it probably could fall under the moist soil category. I'm thinking possibly hibiscus, regular azaleas, or even lantana. Any input is appreciated and also when is the best time to plant, fall or spring?

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zackey(GA 8b)

Please contact your local agricultural center for help.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2014 at 4:14PM
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butterfly4u

holly,
You really have to go out there and check the soil.
Soil means EVRYTHING in gardening, it is what the plants will live in.
I would go with frgrant, and if possible, evergreen, so in the winter it doesn't look totally dead. Even from just Christmas to the beginning of March, but still, you want to see some green.
Suggestions for moist, not fast draining soil are
Elephant ear, will come back when the weather warms up.
Hibiscus, although if the soil holds water, they will die, papyrus, will do really well.
Japanese iris, LOVES moist soil. WIll take part shade.
Spirea, you can buy the small ones, they live in anything.
daylily, will live in anything.
Go outside and dig a hole in front of the porch.
Fill it with water from your hose, and time it to see how long it takes to drain down.
If over an hour, go with water loving plants that don't mind "wet feet".
That is probably why your azela died, they need good drainage.
Oh, and Sweet Bay magnolia, it LOVES moist soil, and will easily live there, and create shade for you.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2014 at 11:28PM
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josephene_gw

Why not the short gardenia?
They can bloom off and on through the summer.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2014 at 10:24PM
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