Terrace to the east

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Question: Terrace to the east

Good evening I ask for your help, I have a terrace on the ground floor of 10 meters x 2.50 in Florence facing east where it never takes the sun except in small pieces but only in the evening from 19 to 20, the terrace is closed with wooden gratings of 1.80 x 1.50 I planted in 1-meter x 50-meter jasmine pots, wisteria that did not flower at all and two dipladenie, at least those are making beautiful flowers, the nurseryman told me that wisteria bloomed less since it was not exposed to the sun, then to follow towards the corner we say more sunny than climbing roses but even these are almost without flowering, in my opinion I have been badly advised by the nurseryman, because in a place like this in the shade they want more plants apart from the jasmine that at least that grows well, my intention is to create a beautiful colored and perfumed terrace, with perennial spring-flowering creepers I hope your experience will advise me and can give me the plant names that I could replace with existing ones, I wanted to add photos but I don't know how to do it, best regards

Answer: Terrace to the east

Dear Sonny,
unfortunately the choice of plants for your terrace was not a happy one, because most of the plants you have planted need at least 4-5 hours of direct sunlight every day, otherwise goodbye flowering; and to put a rose in the house, without being able to enjoy the flowers, is indeed a sin, because the flowers are the most beautiful part of its vegetation, and the same is true for the wisteria; roses, wisterias, geraniums, jasmines, bloom only if they are placed in full sun, or with a few hours of semi-shading. So, I think it's quite unlikely that in the coming years your plants will give you some satisfaction with abundant blooms. The only apt plant is the dipladenia, which loves the shade or the half-shade, and placed in the sun would have been flattened. But if you want to see your flowery terrace, you can think about changing completely the kind of plants: unfortunately shrubs and summer-flowering vines tend to like a lot of sun (in most cases). Since your terrace is very large, but semi-shaded, you can think of planting a slightly earlier flowering plant, which also grows well in a place sheltered from direct sunlight, such as azaleas and hydrangeas, or camellias; yes, their flowering occurs between the end of winter and the first weeks of spring, as well as that, for example of the San Giuseppe jasmine (a yellow flower, jasminum nudiflorum). To fill even the hottest months with flowers, you can however turn to other plants, perhaps even annual ones, to be placed in smaller pots, or even in hanging baskets, so that they cover the racks with the hanging branches rather than climbing. Among the perennials or shrubs that do not like the full sun, I remind you of St. John's wort, hostas, verbena, and columbines; the leafy morning glory can be indicated, and there are very colorful leaf varieties, decorative for many months a year. The climbing honeysuckle does not like the full sun, and makes many flowers in spring, very fragrant; even the clematis do not like very much the full sun, rather they prefer to have their feet always in the cool and moist shade, and their holes are spectacular. To fill the holes, some annuals, such as bacopa, torenia, impatiens, begonias, fuchsias (there are also perennial shrub species, which do not fear the cold), coleus. Therefore, rather than choosing important and imposing plants such as wisteria, I would rather choose many smaller plants, but with prolonged flowering; I remind you that hydrangeas, azaleas and camellias love acid soil, and therefore will be placed in pots where only they are.