Verandah Gardens: Positioning

There are three Golden Rules for positioning the plants on your verandah are: Position, Position, and Position!

Position number one 

Which way does your verandah face? Does it get morning or afternoon sun? Does it very rarely get sun? Is it sunny all day? Knowing this information is very important when buying plants for your verandah so that you can ensure the plants you buy will survive the light conditions on your verandah.

Position number two 

What type of plant do you have? Does your plant like shade or sun? Can your plants endure a full day of sun or can your plant survive with no sun at all? This information will normally be indicated on the information label when buying the plant. If not then this is the first question you must ask about the plant. It is no good buying that lusciously green fern and placing it on your verandah that only gets vicious hot afternoon sun as it will burn and shrivel!

Position number three 

Position your chosen plant in the correct position according to the light information you have established.

Remember that afternoon sun is the hottest and the harshest sunlight. So if your verandah gets afternoon sun then you must choose plants that are sun hardy like succulents, aloes, geraniums, herbs and roses. 

If your verandah is shady and only gets a very little sun, then there is a lovely array of shade loving plants you can choose from, like ferns, plectranthus and dracaenas. 

Verandahs with morning sun and afternoon shade are the most versatile as many plants such as lilies, clivia and begonia are comfortable growing in those light conditions.

Some verandahs that are deeper in size can have both very sunny and hot positions near the edge and very shady ones closer to the house. These types of verandahs are great as you can have an array of different types of plants, as long as they are positioned according to their light preference!