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.
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.
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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