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Old 02-11-2013, 11:05 AM
 
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Hi, so I noticed homes and businesses around town with colorful geraniums and impatiens. I would like to plant some but not sure if they are year round here, how they'll do through the summer, etc. I have lots of shade and partial shade so I thought the impatiens may do good there while the geraniums may do well in my sunnier spots (filtered sun, not full sun)

What do you think? I want to brighten things up a little (lots of green here!) but don't want to throw money away buying the wrong flowers. I want to line the side of my driveway and walkway so it's quite a few plants and I am not known for my green thumb! lol
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Old 02-11-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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Vinca grows very well in sun or shade. They look like the impatients but don't require near the TLC. They come in lots of colors. Even though they are annuals mine have been in almost two years now. They hold up to the summer sun very well.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:27 PM
 
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If you live in Sarasota, or even if you don't I would recommend a visit to Albritton's nursery on Proctor Road.
Talk to Robert Albritton if you can. He is very knowledgeable regarding Florida landscaping. I would say an expert.
Disclaimer: I have no personal connection other than as a customer.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Most flowers need sun all day, some can thrive in partial sun.
Petunia, Marigold, Vinca/periwinkle, penta, Blue Daze, Lantana, Impatiens [need alot of water], not a 'flower' but many colorful varieties - Coleus [pinch flowers for continued growing]
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Impatiens will die down here unless they get a lot of shade. They cannot take full sun.

Only water at night, especially in the summer.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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Impatiens will die down here unless they get a lot of shade. They cannot take full sun.

Only water at night, especially in the summer.
i have lots of shade and a drip watering system. i don't see the point in wasting water and effort on a lawn or battling the strong sun with plants that would burn up. the drip lines go to the spots that need water and I only run it for short times.

I would like some color though. I'll keep doing my homework.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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Ask any nursery in FL for "Florida Friendly" plants that are drought tolerant and freeze tolerant. For instance, Hibiscus is beautiful and grows well in FL but a frost can kill it in a heartbeat. That way, you can grow plants that will be both beautiful and will be easier to grow and maintain.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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Ask any nursery in FL for "Florida Friendly" plants that are drought tolerant and freeze tolerant. For instance, Hibiscus is beautiful and grows well in FL but a frost can kill it in a heartbeat. That way, you can grow plants that will be both beautiful and will be easier to grow and maintain.
Hibiscus grows quite tall and in my 30+yrs in Florida I never had one killed by a freeze. You can cut them back almost to the ground and they will recover.i think the poster is looking for something closer to the ground. I have had good luck with Pentas. They bloom better with Lots of sun but I find them fairly easy to maintain.they are inexpensive and come in many colors.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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i have lots of shade and a drip watering system. i don't see the point in wasting water and effort on a lawn or battling the strong sun with plants that would burn up. the drip lines go to the spots that need water and I only run it for short times.

I would like some color though. I'll keep doing my homework.
Bougainvilla is very hearty however it is more of a bush than a plant. However, when in bloom they are beautiful.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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Bougainvilla is very hearty however it is more of a bush than a plant. However, when in bloom they are beautiful.
But watch out for the nasty thorns! We have Bougainvilla all around the perimeter of our house & I love them but when it comes time for trimming- I won't touch the things. Yikes!
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