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recommendation on a tall flowering plant to fill space

Posted by bamatufa 7 - Trussville, AL (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 2, 14 at 19:57

Can anyone recommend a tall flowering plant to fill space as a backdrop along a privacy fence ? 2-3 ' tall with lasting blooms throughout summer. Full to partial sun.I know my local garden shops can recommend but they will push what they have.If there is a best choice I will go looking for it.


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RE: recommendation on a tall flowering plant to fill space

Zinnia California Giants. Will start blooming about mid-June if planted in the next week or so.


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RE: recommendation on a tall flowering plant to fill space

I'll suggest a real favorite of mine, Angelonia. This heat and sun loving plant will bloom non stop, without any primping or prodding, up until the first serious frost. The purple one provides a color that really stands out in most gardens.

Plant Angelonia (an jel O nia) at least twelve inches apart; they grow quickly to fill that space and more, and up to two feet tall.

It's much loved by bees and butterflies, and even hummingbirds. No pest or disease problems that I've ever seen, but I don't have an irrigation system which can end up causing problems.

Speaking of which, Angelonia is very drought tolerant once established.


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RE: recommendation on a tall flowering plant to fill space

'black and blue' salvia guaranitica is perennial and grows to about 3'-4' for me. the flower color is outstanding and is attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. it won't start flowering until warm weather but will continue until frost, with deadheading. the foliage has an unpleasant odor to me, though.
available at box store garden centers.

Here is a link that might be useful: salvia 'black and blue'


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RE: recommendation on a tall flowering plant to fill space

Thanks for the recommendations!!! I think I will try all of them if I can locate them locally. I will probably hit a few of the garden centers this weekend around B'Ham.Question - is Angelonia the same plant as Snapdragon ? Marvin's Hardware locally has Snapdragon. Same or is Angelonia a different sub - species of Snapdragon that I need to seek out specifically?


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Angelonia and snapdragon are not the same but are in the same plant family.


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RE: recommendation on a tall flowering plant to fill space

Snapdragon is good in cool weather, but the Angelonia can take the heat. I also love all salvias, Agastaches, Nicotianas, and seed grown dahlias, like Bishop's Children....and so many more!


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RE: recommendation on a tall flowering plant to fill space

  • Posted by jcalhoun 8b Mobile County AL (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 5, 14 at 23:20

Purple coneflower can get around 3ft as can some of the milkweeds.


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RE: recommendation on a tall flowering plant to fill space

Angelonia is sometimes called "Summer Snapdragon " but is unrelated to real snaps.


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