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Old 05-13-2011, 10:52 AM
 
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Well it's that time of year again for us in the North East to start making those trips to the nurseries for our summer annuals. I usally learn from my mistakes each year and this year I want to experiment with some different annuals. I usally get petunias, begonias, impatients, geranniums and marigolds.

I want to make up some nice combination pots, where you have a tall center with nice fillers and spilling over, viney type plants.

What do you normally plant that you have good luck with and can share some tips?
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Tampa bay
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I live in zone 9 I plant in containers wave petunia, verbena, blanket flower, a lot more cant think
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Tampa bay
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Dusty miller is so pretty too with flower combos
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I love to experiment and try a few new combinations each year. One of my favorite a few years ago was a hanging pot combination of swingtime fuchia with white bacopa. After that I couldn't seem to find the swingtime variety again. This year I made up to hanging pots with a purple/lavender combo petunia, white bacopa, and deep burple verbina. I have a pot on the corner of my porch that has a bright red geranium, white trailing allisum (sp?) and lacy lobelia - I usually like to do 3 colors that go well together. I have 2 small whisky barrels in the top of my driveway. One has a jacobs ladder, that comes back each year - perennial - and I put in a sweetpotato vine and a geranium.
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Old 05-13-2011, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I meant to mention that this season I will stay away from the liquorish plant as it took over my window box last season.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:31 AM
 
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Moss roses are lovely in combo pots.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Hi, this is probably a dumb question but I don't know what zone I'm in.. I live in NY. Can someone here tell me what gardening zone that is?

thanks, Laurie
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:35 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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You're in zone 5, probably. My new favorite flower for pots and baskets is the Dragon's Wing Begonia. I was in zone 5 before I moved to zone 8 and in both places they grow abundantly and last well past light frost. They have big heart shaped leaves and hanging red flowers....it's a super plant. You wouldn't want it in full sun, but partial sun to shade is fine.

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Old 05-31-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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I have no luck with marigolds so let me know if u make them work
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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I have also had no luck with marigolds. I just don't bother with them anymore as there are so many other choices. I think they get eaten by slugs.
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