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Old 05-01-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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This is my first year planting anything outside in Fargo and I could really use some help! I'm pretty well versed in lawns, trees and shrubs but honestly, flowers overwhelm me.

I made a rock garden last year with no in-ground plantings. My plants are all going to be in containers. I have 2 medium containers on the west side of the house (near front door) that get sun half the day, 2 large planters on the north west side that pretty much only get evening sun and 1 small planter on the south west side that gets sun most of the day.

Can anyone recommend some good plants for these areas that are easy to grow, have a long blooming season and do well in containers? If I plant soon will I still have blooms in the summer and fall?

I'm itching to get out there and plant something and then today we wake up to more SNOW! Agh!
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:37 PM
 
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This is my first year planting anything outside in Fargo and I could really use some help! I'm pretty well versed in lawns, trees and shrubs but honestly, flowers overwhelm me.

I made a rock garden last year with no in-ground plantings. My plants are all going to be in containers. I have 2 medium containers on the west side of the house (near front door) that get sun half the day, 2 large planters on the north west side that pretty much only get evening sun and 1 small planter on the south west side that gets sun most of the day.

Can anyone recommend some good plants for these areas that are easy to grow, have a long blooming season and do well in containers? If I plant soon will I still have blooms in the summer and fall?

I'm itching to get out there and plant something and then today we wake up to more SNOW! Agh!
Don't feel bad--I'm in Utah and it snowed 10 inches in parts of the valley day before yesterday and was down to 15 degrees not far from here. Many of our local orchards were decimated. Crazy spring this year!
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Lake Metigoshe, ND
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This is my first year planting anything outside in Fargo and I could really use some help! I'm pretty well versed in lawns, trees and shrubs but honestly, flowers overwhelm me.

I made a rock garden last year with no in-ground plantings. My plants are all going to be in containers. I have 2 medium containers on the west side of the house (near front door) that get sun half the day, 2 large planters on the north west side that pretty much only get evening sun and 1 small planter on the south west side that gets sun most of the day.

Can anyone recommend some good plants for these areas that are easy to grow, have a long blooming season and do well in containers? If I plant soon will I still have blooms in the summer and fall?

I'm itching to get out there and plant something and then today we wake up to more SNOW! Agh!
Probably one of the best resources on Gardening/Planting is the NDSU website.
Give vegetable information a starting place.
Good luck on you plants!....
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Fargo, ND
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When you're working with containers, pretty much any of the standard annuals will work. There are a lot of the typical petunias, pansies, marigolds, begonias, geraniums, etc. in planters around town. Perennials in Fargo are more of an issue--being in the USDA hardiness zone 3. If you can get your hands on a copy, I'd highly suggest looking at Don Engebretson's books Perennials for Minnesota and Wisconsin and Annuals for Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Red River Valley is very similar to Northern Minnesota, and Engebretson (aka the Renegade Gardener) is fairly entertaing for a garden writer. When purchasing plants, I'd also recommend looking at Baker Garden & Gift or at Shotwells for ideas, if not purchases. Their stock is usually much, much healthier than the big box retailers.
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