Growing Flowers in Southeast Alaska

Southeast Alaska in located on the panhandle of Alaska and is the most southern portion of the state. Growing flowers whether they are annuals or perennials can be challenging in a temporal rain forest which is where I live. On the plus side are hours and hours of daylight, at the height of the summer as much as 18 hours. On the minus side is days on end of rainy soggy weather. I have had great success with many flowers and others I have flat out given up on. My best advise is be willing to move perennials around, even once you have them planted in the ground until you find a spot where they thrive. Juneau also has many micro climates or banana belts right within the city and what we call "out the road" or miles away from town. Some areas of town even stay colder year round even in the summer due to the proximity to our local Mendenhall Glacier which keep cooler air flowing past it dropping the air temperature of the houses built closer to the glacier than ones farther away.

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Chocolate Lilies, Fireweed, Saxifrag and Blue poppies are the first four photos. These lilies and the fireweed are native to this region and can be found virtually every where in SE Alaska. Along roadsides, in meadows, sometimes even at our beaches.

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I have had success with several types of Columbine, the orange and yellow being native to this area. Our state flower is Forget-Me-Nots, and much to my surprise I found pink and white ones in addition to the standard blue. They self seed wonderfully often creating ribbons of flowers and ground cover popping up in my flower beds to fill in empty areas so nicely. Blue Lupine ( which also comes in pink) is another native plant.

Amending the soil here is important as the local dirt tends to be acidic due to all the pine trees that thrive here. I also use fertilizer for better blooms since we have so much rain here which tends to wash out amended soil.

I hope you enjoyed this Hub showcasing the flowers I have grown in my yard here in SE Alaska. Every region has it's own challenges, I think I have done pretty well here in my gardens considering. What do you think?

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Lovely photos from one of my favorite places! Thanks for sharing info on growing flowers there. You've done very well! :)

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writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska Author

thank you so much Rtalloni, that means a lot coming from you! I am also the photographer of all those photos too. :) i will be posting one soon of herbs I grow on my deck in containers too. Thanks for the follow lvh


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I'll stay tuned... :)


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writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska Author

i just added a new pic, a bee of sorts on a masterwart flower. i have hundreds of flowers in my yard, mostly perennials, something blooming all the time throughout the summer.


Hopingtomove 5 years ago

I am hoping to move to Wrangell soon and am an avid gardener. Thank you for putting up pictures and info on your garden. Any other flower suggestions? What about vegetables and fruit trees?


Hopingtomove 5 years ago

I am hoping to move to Wrangell soon and am an avid gardener. Thank you for putting up pictures and info on your garden. Any other flower suggestions? What about vegetables and fruit trees?

Also because of the lack of frequently overcast conditions how does that affect flowers that grow well there? I love roses and they do well in milder climates but I am wondering about mildew etc. with the wet and blackspot.


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I visited Alaska for the first time two years ago when my parents bought a one week cruise trip for our whole family. I would love to go back and see more. We barely touched the surface.


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aviannovice 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I have a great interest in going to Alaska for wildlife photography, so this was a definite must. I knew that there was much daylight during summer, yet very little winter light, but it still appeals. A great piece. I also read your macaroon recipe, but was unable to comment due to lack of comment capsule. You might want to add one....

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