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brkrukielJune 29, 2010

I made a raised bed on the WEST side of my house. 4' tall about 5' wide and 2-3' deep. this area is in the north Texas heat (zone 7b) and sees direct sun from about 12ish-4ish in the summer..less in spring and fall. would like something a bit showy and flowering...and ideas...? concerned with the lack of direct light in the am..thanks guys!

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leslie197(z5 MI)

I am in zone 5 so I can't give you any specific suggestions for plantings, but thought it might be helpful if I gave you an idea of some of the kinds of plants I use on the west side of my home with its morning shade and afternoon sun. It can be tricky - especially in your heat! Trial and error may be necessary.

My west facing garden is along a wall of my house. On the south end of my west facing wall I use sun plants. I have a large climbing rose and a clematis growing together, a few small daylilies, one large catmint, some yellow variegated sedums, chocolate eupatorium, a shrub rose, and for later color, a mixed stand of helenium, monarda, black-eyed susans, and Purple Dome asters.

The middle section of this west bed is narrower and also gets less sun. On the wall there are 3 vines on 3 spaced trellises. The one towards the south has a clematis, the middle a porcelain vine (grown for variegated foliage and fall berries, the third vine at the north end (the name of which I have forgetten) is for vertical folliage only.

These are fronted by orienpet and oriental lilies, which are themselves fronted by some shortish asters that will grow anywhere, and a patch of some yellow self-seeded (culled by me for this bed) echinaceas, cardinal flowers, more BESusan that will grow anywhere, and another patch of Purple Dome aster. All of these grow well in part sun/part shade.

As you move to the north end of this west facing bed into more shade (from the folliage vine on) there are Black Beauty lilies that will bloom well in quite a lot of shade and some shorter asiatic lillies that don't mind some shade and get replaced off and on if they do thin out, some of the so-called "ditch" daylilies (tall orange flowered ones that spread - called many names depending on location) that again grow most anywhere here. There are also some gold spiderworts, one variegated sedge that grows best in part shade, and some clumps of an old yellow daylily that I've had forever, another large catmint (flops a bit here but grows big and fast) and some more Purple Dome aster and the ever invading BESusans. This bed then bleeds into a North facing bed with a collection of specialty hostas.

As you can probably tell by the plant choices, this is a hot color bed and it is mostly the bright bold scheme of clear yellow and both bright and dark red shades, with cooling patches of blue, that hold the bed together, across the varying conditions of sun and shade, although any carefully controlled color scheme would work (a focal point of sorts, in this case the trellis structures helps, along with foliage variety). BTW the bed also varies greatly in moisture levels being wetter towards the north, except for one area at the south that my neighbor's sprinklers hit. I had to move the shrub rose twice trying to avoid this overhead overdone watering. Good luck and have fun.

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