Plants on the sunny terrace

Plants on the sunny terrace

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Question: what plants on the terrace in the sun?

I would like to ask you a question, I have a camellia for the first time, I changed the vase a little bigger than the one I had with the sour earth, like I have no garden, I have a porch and above I have a huge terrace where the sun from morning to evening, I put it under this porch and had the sun at noon and afternoon and I found it with the leaves all bent, as if dry, I had watered so it is not lack of water, they told me that it goes in the shade and true? What do I do? And after what kind of plants can I put in this terrace, which are not surfinie and geraniums, I live in an area of ​​northern Italy, and in winter everything freezes, thank you so much !!

Plants on the sunny terrace: Answer: in pot, but in the sun

Dear Mary,
camellias love wet and cool areas, so if you want to grow them on a terrace always in the sun, in addition to placing the plant in a very large pot, you will have to water it whenever the soil is dry, and then in June practically a couple of times per day; camellias are usually placed in partial shade, so that they can enjoy good brightness, and even a few hours of direct sun, but only during the coolest hours of the day, and especially if they are placed in a vase; then try moving your camellia into the sunniest corner of the terrace, or shade it with a cane or bamboo sheaf, so that it does not lie in the sun all day; and water the pot when the soil is dry.
If you want to place some shrubs in pots on the terrace, which is beautiful and can withstand both the summer sun and the winter cold, try to choose among garden shrubs. Jasmines, both of the genus jasminum and of the genus trachelospermum, are very good in the sun; the former would be better placed in a sheltered area in winter, while the trachelospermum resists even the most intense frost. You can also try to grow roses in the pot, which love the sun, or pyracanthe, which have beautiful orange berries in winter and do not fear frost; you can also find dwarf varieties, with a particularly compact development.
If you want flowers for the summer, choose hibiscus or oleanders, which will remain in the vase all year round, without suffering from winter frost or summer heat; unfortunately you will have to choose the deciduous hibiscus, because the evergreen ones fear the frost; or you can also place evergreen hibiscus trees, which you will bring into the stairwell in winter, waiting for the good weather.
Even the clematis and the passiflores love the sun, and they bloom beautifully throughout the summer; the clematis however need to have the base of the plant positioned in the shade, otherwise you will be forced to water them too often.
Unfortunately most of the plants used to embellish the terraces fear winter frost, like the plumbago, the solanum; they can resist in the case of short frosts, but if winter is like that of 2011-2012, with snow and frost for long weeks, then you would surely find yourself with frozen stumps in the spring. However, you can think about choosing slightly delicate plants, such as solanum, sundaville, plumbago, evergreen hibiscus, which in winter will then be covered with woven fabric, so that they do not have to undergo the rigors of frost, which would kill them, or bring them to be surely very ruined.