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Beginner Gardening: Tall plants or short plants?

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Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 23, 2006
9:36 PM

Post #2134044

Which do you find yourself planting? I tend to go tall . I love foxgloves, cimicifugia, sunflowers, tall american bellflower, ironweed and hollyhocks, to name a few. I like plants I can ''hide'' behind. I'm torn between enclosing my yard for privacy and keeping it open so others can enjoy my flowers.
Pahrump, NV
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2006
10:20 PM

Post #2134135

Both but stronger leaning towards tall. Okay...anything big in general. Preferably huge, monster-sized :). Then I stuff every small plant in the universe under and around them. Mainly because most plants won't live in full sun here, shade is my friend.
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 3, 2006
8:51 PM

Post #2463348

I'm with both of you - I love monster plants with flowers. Dana, I've been thinking about doing just the same, using taller plants for shading smaller plants, though I have both shade and sun available.

Any photos?

The link worked, bp...obviously.


Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2006
9:02 PM

Post #2463408

Yes it did!

My first Hollyhocks in years!

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Midway, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 5, 2006
4:54 AM

Post #2468882

I'm leaning toward taller and wider plants too. Anything that can help shade the smaller plants. Our summers here are like a sauna! Some plants struggle to make it. Somebody on one of the forums stated that 'shade in Texas is under-rated'. I believe it!



Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2008
6:52 PM

Post #5551328

Well, I did say tall.

Agastache nepetoides.

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Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

September 26, 2008
9:49 PM

Post #5603352

Here's a tall plant for you ... Colocasia gigantea 'Thailand Giant Strain' ...

Karin ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2008
6:40 PM

Post #5618042

Greenthumb, I love it!! It really makes you want to touch the leaves!

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