Matching Plants To A Garden Area

 

 

 

There are some plants that will always do better in certain areas. Here are some great items to consider when thinking about starting or revamping our gardens.

 

Temperature:

Not many plants flower heavily, actively grow and look good from early spring till late fall.

Some like it warm and some like it cool. Variations in temperature throughout the growing season will impact where we place some plants in the garden area.

Flowers that like it cool such as primrose, snapdragons, pansies, dianthus and Virginia bluebells like the spring and fall and need a spot there they are be protected from the direct sun from noon to 4 p.m…

Photo by: Cynthia Zullo

Planting them in a protected area will help extend the useful blooming time for them.

It also will keep the plant from stressing in the heat.

Plant that love the heat such as verbena, sedum, molamphdium, yarrow and potulaca.

They perform best in the warm and day area of the garden.

Heat tolerance plant are very desirable in the USDA higher growing zones.

 

Light

Temperature and light go hand in hand in the garden.

Shade loving plants may tolerate more sun in the lower growing zones in moisture is in good supply.

Photo by: muffinn

When considering light exposure of an area, note how long and how intense the sunlight is on the site.

Four hours of full sun in the morning is not the same as four hours of full sun in the afternoon.

Even in shady areas, the amount of light getting to the plants will vary.

On great general rule to consider is if a site gets more than three hours of unfiltered afternoon sun

It should be considered a full-sun site and plants selected accordingly.

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Partial sun sites are sites that gets full morning or late evening sun but are shaded during the hot mid-day and afternoon hours.

Deep shade sites will get very little direct afternoon light and ever little direct sunlight for the remainder of the day.

Using full sunlight plants is deep shade or deep shade plant in full sun will lead to reduced flowering, slow and leggy growth or leaf scorching.

 

 

 

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