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Shade tolerance of Hot Cocoa, Cinco de Mayo and Dragon's Blood

Posted by redwolfdoc 5b (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 1, 13 at 11:06

Hello!

I'm wondering if anyone can shed light (so to speak) on the potential shade tolerance for Hot Cocoa, Cinco de Mayo and Dragon's Blood...

I've got my orders in and now have the winter to ponder positions! My part-sun/dappled-shade bed is already earmarked for Bleu Magenta and possibly Nightmoss, now I'm just wondering about how those browns would look in the shade...

I'm zone 5b, on the north side of Lake Ontario, with rather humid summers.

Thanks!


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RE: Shade tolerance of Hot Cocoa, Cinco de Mayo and Dragon's Bloo

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 1, 13 at 11:16

I have Hot Cocoa in part shade and while it does grow it doesn't bloom very much. I get maybe two flushes a season.


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RE: Shade tolerance of Hot Cocoa, Cinco de Mayo and Dragon's Bloo

  • Posted by beth NorCA 9 (My Page) on
    Sun, Dec 1, 13 at 12:43

My HOT COCOA is in pretty much direct full sun and it blooms almost constantly. So I don't think I'd try it in a shady spot. CINCO DE MAYO is in a sorta half-and-half area and it rarely blooms. Altho that particular bed mostly just needs some amending to get it going, so can't say for sure on that one. I do have DRAGON'S BLOOD in a fairly shady spot. It's in a big ceramic pot and doesn't get much full sun. It gets "light" but it's mostly shaded. It does great. Repeats very well. grows well too. The only drawback is the coloring isn't quite what I see in other people's pics. It's more red-orange than that smoky red-russet color.


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RE: Shade tolerance of Hot Cocoa, Cinco de Mayo and Dragon's Bloo

My Cinco gets full morning sun and is in shade by early afternoon. Bloom quantity and repeat are excellent but it gets terrible black spot and I wonder if the shade plays a part in that (that bed stays damp ).


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RE: Shade tolerance of Hot Cocoa, Cinco de Mayo and Dragon's Bloo

Thanks so much for the insights! Sounds so far like I should stick to sunny spots for the smoky reds.

How about Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale? It's described as shade tolerant.. Does that imply it will be happier in the shade? Based on colours, I was thinking of planting it near my Julia Child and About Face - which are squarely in the sun.


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RE: Shade tolerance of Hot Cocoa, Cinco de Mayo and Dragon's Bloo

Thanks so much for the insights! Sounds so far like I should stick to sunny spots for the smoky reds.

How about Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale? It's described as shade tolerant.. Does that imply it will be happier in the shade? Based on colours, I was thinking of planting it near my Julia Child and About Face - which are squarely in the sun.


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