Washington: Soil for large cedar planter?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by Chuck Bates, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Chuck Bates

    Chuck Bates Member

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    Port Coquitlam, BC
    Hello All,
    I have built a large (8' long x 3' wide x 2.5' tall) outdoor cedar planter that I thought would be good home for low-maintenance, year-round interest plants like Golden Sword Yucca, Golden Creeping Jenny, Heartleaf Bergenia, Variegated Redtwig Dogwood, Heucheras, and Fuldaglut Sedum. Plants will be Northwest facing, have late-afternoon direct but mostly partial sun, and exposure to the elements.

    Picture of the container below.

    Couple of questions:
    - what do you think of my choices of plants for our NW Washington State (Maple Falls area) property?
    - what soil mixture would be best?

    One more thing, for drainage rocks at the bottom of the planter, I have some limestone mixture left over from another project. Would this hurt the plants?

    Any of suggestions would be helpful.


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