Apr 27, 2017 12:22 pm
Hi, I have a roller door in my backyard that has a canopy above it. I have a row of long pots where I have had liriope growing there...doing OK but I'd really much rather a trailing or cascading plant that will trail down...quite densely.
I'd probably prefer something that flowers but would also consider just nice foliage.
The spot is pretty much full sun all day and can get quite hot so something that can tolerate that would be great.
Any ideas really appreciated. Thanks!
Re: Trailing/Cascading plant2
Apr 27, 2017 8:01 pm
Hi there. Would be helpful to see a pic of the area you want to improve, and also what direction this area faces (N/S/E/W)
Re: Trailing/Cascading plant3
Apr 28, 2017 9:49 am
Re: Trailing/Cascading plant4
May 01, 2017 6:05 pm
Water and soil space will be a challange.
Small pots will dry out in hours in windy or hot conditions.
With a plant that may have a large area of foliage and only a small root system to provide it from a small soil space, it will be a lot of water that it needs to keep all that hydrated in the warmer months.
if you feel compelled to follow the idea, it might be best to get a hold of a tap timer that is designed for those back yard misting systems. One that can be programmed for short bursts of water frequently. problem solved.
A nice addition to the pots might be a Chinese Star Jasmine called "Flat Mat'. It's tough, fragrant, a nice cover of green and not likely to be something you replace often (if at all)
Re: Trailing/Cascading plant5
May 01, 2017 6:25 pm
Thanks. Yes, I already have a watering system rigged up. Not on timer, but that's a good idea. I'm thinking plastic window planters...may dry out slower??
Does the 'Flat Mat' have a trailing foliage? I definitely want something to spill down the canopy.
Re: Trailing/Cascading plant6
May 01, 2017 6:32 pm
It will do what you want
Re: Trailing/Cascading plant7
May 01, 2017 6:37 pm
Sedums would be another option.
Mix up a bunch of Sedum foliage shapes and colours for nice effect.
Carpobrotus https://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/2795 is another option, commonly found in many garden centres throughout Australia.
Excellent bush tucker too. The flowers are nutritious and delicious.
Drosanthemum would be another potential reliable choice.
Re: Trailing/Cascading plant8
May 01, 2017 6:40 pm
Thanks again. My only query with the Jasmine is that I have a wall of it directly to the left of the canopy of the roller door...so may look a little strange having the different jasmines right next to each other. Will check out those other ones.
Re: Trailing/Cascading plant10
May 06, 2017 4:26 pm
I had purple and pink verbena together in hanging baskets and they were great. I paid a lot of prior attention to the 'soil' mix though. Mine were the only ones I have ever seen planted like that but there are images on the internet.
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