Asked on Apr 03, 2018

Garden ideas for condo porch?

Pamela Bryant
by Pamela Bryant
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I live in a condo. This area outside my porch is common area but we can plant bushes and flowers. I live in South Florida. I need something with not much maintenance.
q help i don t know what to do
  12 answers
  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Apr 03, 2018
    Plant a small hedge, next to he screen, of color crotons. They are such a colorful plant that will give a pop to the area. Also you can trim them when they get too tall and they will grow back up.

  • Dottie Weirich Dottie Weirich on Apr 03, 2018
    A narrow raised garden trench with lower odd shaped planters in front. Not a lot of them just enough for a mix of maybe Strawberries, vegetables such as Kale, mixed colored mini Bell Peppers and cherry & Roma Tomatoes, herbs and flowers. If you plant Tomatoes, make sure you plant marigolds around them to help keep bugs away. Maybe a neighbor/friend would like to do it with you. The complex management might even agree to a "private Condo Community garden that could be decoratively
    fenced.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 04, 2018
    Noticing the posts above the roof, maybe attach a hanging plant to them.

  • Linda Linda on Apr 04, 2018
    Crown of Thorns. They bloom year round and can be trimmed if getting too large. You can take the trimmings and make new plants. Watch out for the thorns and don't plant to close to the screen. I had them at my CA house and also in S. FL on the gulf coast.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Apr 04, 2018
    I'd plant some sort of flowering shrubs that give some privacy and stay green all year around. Your nearest plant nursery will have ideas that can grow in your location and you can see the plants before you buy.

  • Jen O. Jen O. on Apr 04, 2018
    Which way does your patio face? That will make a big difference on what you should plant. If you get west sun, the afternoon sun can scorch most plants. If you face north, you'll need something that can handle shade. If you get a lot of sun you can plant Plumbago...it's drought tolerant and can take the long humid summers and is a beautiful bush! Bring beautiful color to the yard and it attracts butterflies. Since it attracts butterflies you can also add some milkweed, the monarch butterflies lay their eggs on it, then when they are caterpillars they eat the milkweed almost completely, but don't worry, it grows right back. After they have eaten most of it they will climb up somewhere and cocoon and then become a beautiful butterfly!!! So there are 2 great ideas that also contribute to the ecosystem!

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    • Jen O. Jen O. on Apr 04, 2018
      Lantana is great!... I think a nice little bird bath is a wonderful idea especially in the summer since most birds, butterflies, etc... need water. Ps... if you do a bird bath, make sure to put in a couple pebbles or stones in it. It might sound surprising but that water can be too deep or slippery for some birds and the stones give them stability (try pea pebbles on the bottom, a full bag of them is less than $4 at Home Depot and you can use the rest for under the bird bath for stability if you use it in the grass.

  • Steven Steven on Apr 04, 2018
    South Florida Perennials, unlike annuals, won't give you constant flower color, because they go through cycles of bloom - and generally flower less often during our cooler months. But inter-planting perennials with seasonal annuals can create year-round garden color. With that said; good perennials are: Blue Daze
    Bulbine
    Bush Daisy
    Buttercup
    Cat's Whiskers
    Lantana
    Mexican Heather
    Pentas
    Society Garlic
    Vinca (Periwinkle)

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Apr 04, 2018
    I have the same patio. In front I planted Hosta’s! Five or six in a row. When they bloom your neighbors will be jealous . Very easy care, just water them and feed flowering plant food in spring. I think you will be very happy with your beautiful Hosta’s.

  • Ran2188341 Ran2188341 on Apr 05, 2018
    Bougainvillea provides green, and either fuschia, purple or orange depending on your color choice. Also it gives you an opportunity for privacy as it is tiny or bush depending on which you choose. It's very low maintenance as the less water you give it the more flowers it provides. Doesn't attract many bees as it doesn't smell sweet, but hummingbirds love it's color. Your only enemy is the cold, which o take it Florida doesn't produce that cold weather climate. Happy planting.

  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Apr 05, 2018
    KNock out roses.

  • Deb Deb on Apr 05, 2018
    I have found this metal landscaping to be wonderful for my yard. You can bend it a little bit to curve it. I found it at Lowe's Home Improvement. you could make a very nice area using these..