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Old 04-25-2011, 06:07 PM
 
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I was looking to put two planters on each side of the pillars on my porch. Do you have any suggestions on the flowers and plants that would make a good arrangement? This is for a zone 6 hardiness
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:09 PM
 
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What is your goal? Are you wanting height, color? Which direction does the porch face (which time of day does it get the most light)?
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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Goal--decorative purposes. Add a little color to the brick front. Porch faces North.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:18 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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As potted porch plants, I have had good luck with impatiens, petunias, pansies, and geraniums. Not such good luck with Gerbera daisies, miniature roses, or ranunculus.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Thunbergia is a viny kinda thing it has a black center and yellow flowers. Needs sun but mine is on the north side and mine does very well every year. (Annual)
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Post a photo of your porch/house.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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Wave petunias really take over and spread out. I'd add a contrasting lighter color taller plant in the center.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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How about something like this, with a few flowering plants tossed in. I don't recognize all of the plants in that pot but the ones I do are English Ivy, Asparagus Fern & Spider Plant.

http://www.statesman.com/multimedia/dynamic/00842/Garden-Ambiance-HO2_842219c.jpg (broken link)
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Can't go wrong with petunias! They do fine without a ton of sunlight. So do impatiens and begonias. Hostas (not much in the way of flowers, plus they'e a perennial so you can replant them almost anywhere), hollyhocks, some types of lavender....

I'm zone 5-6 and have mostly perennials in the ground but adore petunias for potted annuals. They smell really nice on the front porch too. Pansies also. No flowers but really colorful foliage: sweet potato vines.

Probably your best bet is to go to a good nursery (not a big box store) and chat up the owner/employees. If it's a good nursery they will be total plant geeks and will have good recommendations for your exact area.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Default color schemes

I decided to go with geraniums. The color is a glowing fuschia red that I found irresistable. I do "color schemes" for my porch flowers and window flower boxes ... last year it was a mix of pale yellow, golden yellow and light orange. This year it's going to be reds and purples.
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