Gardening in Full Sun

Earlier I posted about plants that can stand up to the wind and don’t mind getting only partial sun. In the comments section of that post, Yeye asked about full sun plants that are also wind tolerant. Ask, and ye shall receive! Check out the plants below that are tough enough to stand up to the wind and the sun.

Boltonia (False Aster)


A left coast native. Is actually benefitted by wind, as it helps prevent powdery mildew. Forms airy mounds that are covered in white, pink, or purple daisy-like flowers. Boltonia can get pretty large (3-4 feet tall and wide) so either plant it by istself, or with something that is pretty assertive in its own right.

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Buddleia, commonly known as ‘Butterfly Bush,’ is, as its name implies, a butterfly magnet. However, older varieties weren’t really suitable for container gardeners as the plants unmanageable and large. But recently a few dwarf varieties have popped up that are perfect for balconies and patios.

One such variety of Buddleia is called ‘Lo & Behold Blue Chip.’ It grows to be only 2-3 feet tall and wide and is hardy to zone 5. You can expect that it will be covered in flowers (that require no dead heading) and butterflies all season long. The cheapest I’ve found it for online was $17.95, so hopefully your local nursery will have better prices.

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Grow Onion Breath on Your Balcony

February 18, 2009

Onions make almost anything taste better, but they do leave that pesky bad breath in their wake. Unfortunately, I don’t have a remedy for onion breath. But I do know how to grow onions in containers. It’s pretty easy, you should definitely give it a try. Just keep a lot of gum or mints with […]

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Growing Sweet Peas in a Windowsill

November 17, 2008

Sweet peas are such beautiful looking and smelling plants, and now a days there are so many different varieties, that there really is no reason to let lack of space stop you from growing them. Photo by teal chick Recently, Mimi of Israeli Kitchen, asked me this question: “I’d like to plant some sweet peas […]

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Great Device for Calculating How Much Sun Your Space Gets

September 21, 2008

Sometimes it’s hard figuring our how much sun you particular balcony or patio gets. Afterall, you’re probably at work for part of the morning and all of the afternoon, and don’t want to spend your weekend glued to your balcony taking notes about the amount of sunshine it gets. Well, I just came across a […]

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Sun Hats Are Not Just for Gardeners With Large Yards!

August 19, 2008

Have you been spending a little too much time on your balcony? Or more precisely, have you been spending too much time in the great outdoors without proper sunscreen? Not good! I am sure you don’t need me to tell you all the negative effects of burning your skin. Photo by Sebastian L.S. I always […]

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Designing Containers With Succulents

July 21, 2008

Succulents are all the rage right now and for good reason. They’re good looking, drought tolerant, and many are easy to grow. Designing a pot featuring succulents is no different than designing a pot with “regular” plants; you still need thrillers, fillers, and spillers. You do need to take into consideration a few special points […]

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Great Tip: How to Tell Which Area of Your Garden Will Get Sunshine in the Fall and Winter

July 15, 2008

Jim McCausland over at Fresh Dirt has a great tip for determining which area (if any) of your balcony or patio will be sunny during the fall and winter: Thursday evening, set your alarm for 1 a.m. (If this plan won’t fly with your spouse, drink a couple of glasses of water before you go […]

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What to Plant in A Very Sunny Garden

July 14, 2008

Last week, I posted about one common problem small space gardeners face: finding gorgeous plants for a shady container garden. But equally as difficult to deal with is a garden that is scortched by the sun. On a balcony that only receives a moderate amount of sun, containers can dry out quickly. This problem is […]

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