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    Default Plant for North facing porch

    My front door faces North and never gets any sun. It is set into an arched alcove and I recently got an outside door so I now have a cold, North facing porch. Any ideas what plants would be suitable for it? I would like something that flowered but I think that might be difficult to get.
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    Hi there Noirin ( welcome to the Vine!)
    I'm not very up to date with house plants ...ie- I'm pretty good at killing them off!)

    I found this list of plants for a cold porch...

    Poyntzfield Herb Nursery - Suitable for cold greenhouse/conservatory or porch.

    We used to grow pelergoniums in ours and brought them into the house for winter.
    Also lemon scented verbena.

    Might be worth considering growing for scent instead/or colour- you're bound to brush against the plants when coming in/out. Nice welcoming scent ( ...unless it's geraniums)

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    That's great. Thank you. I thought about pelargoniums but I hate the smell. Some of those lemon scented ones sound good. I will probably have to wait until the spring to get them in the garden centre.

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    Why not plant some bulbs now for spring colour???You might find a few old ones at a reduced price at some garden centres!
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    I thought about pelargoniums too - I've got one that's rose scented. The flowers aren't at all showy - just small and pink and petitie, but it smells rather nice - like rose geranium essential oil (which I suppose is derived from it).
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    I bet there are some plants with interestingly coloured leaves rather than flowers???

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    I've got Graveolens lemon scented geranium, it's lovely. I keep it indoors over winter or in a cool conservatory, pretty dry (it's tender) and put it outside May-September.
    It takes really easily from cuttings
    More varieties here: Scented Leaf Geraniums
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    I got a north facing porch just like you. I have been experimental with various plants. The best ones for me are those succulent plants like Aloe Vera and cactus. Like TS says, scented geraniums also are good choices. I got a few varieties like fruity, cat mint and lemon scented as well. I just leave them in there in the winter they are doing fine. Last year, I started to grow Streptocarpus (Cape primrose), the north facing porch is ideal for them, but you need to watch out frost in the winter, that might kill them.

    I find the key is to keep them really dry in the winter and let them get a bit sun in the summer that will help them to survive in the winter.

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