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first ever south-facing garden space

Posted by mhagood 8a Virginia (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 17, 05 at 23:59

After all these years of urban gardening, calling four hours in the morning or mid-day "full sun," I finally have a south-facing little front yard with good sandy, loamy soil and a slope and everything. I have room for vegetables elsewhere, so am getting serious about flowers for the first time. General question is --- will "full sun" (at least till 4 in the afternoon in the summer) simply fry most flowers in zone 8a? (I'm at the northern tip of the forum's coverage, I think!) Should I plan to manufacture some shade? I wonder because I've usually managed to grow perfectly good peas, beans, tomatoes and peppers with much less than what the standard (Vermont and Maine-published) garden books call "full sun." What's your experience? I don't mind watering.


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RE: first ever south-facing garden space

I have lived in Virginia (although zone 7) and never had to worry about too much sun for "full sun" plants. It took me a long time to retrain my thinking when I moved here but I think you will be okay up there....of course it will depend on what you are thinking of planting.....Roses, Mallows, Salvias etc. will love your new full sun area but I wouldn't plant Heucheras there in zone 8 (my Mother does in Zone 5). You might try posting this question to the Southern Gardening forum where you will find more gardeners from the Virginia/Piedmont area.


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