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  •  So beautiful! (9+ / 0-)

    Do any of those do well in the shade? Also in the cool and wet? We get "hot" and "dry" for a short time each year -- but those are truly relative terms. That's hot and dry compared to our cool and wet...

    One of my winter garden projects is to identify a lot of ornamental plants that will grow with little sun. I guessed this year, and had both successes and failures.

    Our plot at the community garden is overflowing with kale. I'll have to get to that this weekend. We can eat a lot of it, but I think we're also going to be making a lot of kale chips.

    Which reminds me -- salmon is coming in like crazy right now, and it's going for $2 per pound this morning. I'm going to get a half dozen whole fish this and start smokin' 'em. (I guess that doesn't count as gardening, does it?)

    Have a wonderful weekend. :)

    "Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government." --Kris Carr

    by rb137 on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 07:11:43 AM PST

    •  They're primarily sun loving plants (8+ / 0-)

      that also don't particularly care for wet feet. Good drainage is a must.

      Are you looking for ornamental annuals or perennials for your shady areas?

      •  Both annual and perennial. (5+ / 0-)

        I'll put annuals in pots and such, but I like perennials, too. Especially because I don't have to worry about what to "put there" next year.

        I have a lot of outside sitting area with pots which can hold either annual or perennial stuff, and I have hanging pots that I pretty much stuff with annuals every year.

        Problem areas:

        My front porch doesn't get much sun at all, but I like to have flowers there. I'll want to have at least three varieties for that area -- which has both handing and sitting pots.

        The strip between my "proper" yard and the street doesn't have much sun. Our lot is covered with old growth cedar and fir, so I'm not complaining. I'd like to plant something by my mailbox, though.

        I'm redoing some parts of the yard because of the puppies. They like to run in a certain path, which is not worn in the yard. I'm going to clear that path for them, mulch, and plant indigenous stuff around -- but probably nothing that flowers there. That should be easy enough. Ferns will definitely go there, and I don't know what else. Hostas grow pretty well in that level of light (to give an idea.)

        "Broccoli is revolutionary. Broccoli could take down a government." --Kris Carr

        by rb137 on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 11:31:36 AM PST

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