Artistic Container Designs That Welcome Summer time


I’ve a ardour for inexperienced issues—and all issues associated to inexperienced issues. Plant and container specimens line my greenhouse cabinets, carport, and driveway. Come summer season, I put all worries of frost and chilly climate apart and begin pairing issues up from my assortment. 

Summer time is the time to strive every little thing. Nothing is off-limits: Tropicals, succulents, foliage, and flowers are all obtainable for the taking. I create secure, straightforward combos, however the difficult ones are sometimes probably the most rewarding. If I try a container experiment and it doesn’t play out simply how I deliberate, there are all the time loads of different crops obtainable to start out over with and to strive once more.

Lots of my crops have lived in containers for years with solely periodic repotting. A few of my favorites might by no means go within the floor however, moderately, adorn completely different locations on my patio every year. For this reason summer season is supposed for container combos; you’ll be able to rearrange recycled crops and make end-of-season cleanup a snap by bringing your favourite cold-sensitive combos indoors because the climate turns cool. 

A fragile spiller softens a dramatic combo

vine and begonia plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

A delicate spiller softens a dramatic combo container labeled

I search for dependable, flowing spillers to enrich daring crops. Creeping wire vine, a sturdy, vigorous creeper, blankets this pot. I added the broad, darkish leaves of cordyline to separate and outline colourful and dominant crops, just like the large-leaved begonia. The strong coloration and texture of the foliage crops elevate the impatiens’ vibrant blooms to the next standing. The result’s a barely tropical look, even in shade.

  1. ‘Dr. Brown’ cordyline (Cordyline fruticosa ‘Dr. Brown’, USDA Hardiness Zone 11)
  2. Begonia (Begonia cv., annual)
  3. Painted Paradise™ Purple New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens Painted Paradise™ Purple, annual)
  4. Dazzler™ Rose impatiens (Impatiens walleriana Dazzler™ Rose, annual)
  5. Creeping wire vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris, Zones 8–10)

 

Companion crops play up the point of interest

Tiger Eyes™ sumac plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Companion plants play up the focal point container labeled

You possibly can’t go by Tiger Eyes™ sumac with out stopping to take one other look. There’s one thing about its tall stature, deeply serrated leaves, and lime inexperienced coloration that everybody loves. Its fan-shaped development resembles the looks of a low, brilliantly coloured palm tree. On this combo, the darkish foliage and vibrant yellow and crimson blooms of the companion crops emphasize the lushness of Tiger Eyes™.

  1. Tiger Eyes™ sumac (Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’, Zones 4–8)
  2. ‘Purple Carpet’ Joseph’s coat (Alternanthera ficoidea ‘Purple Carpet’, Zones 9–11)
  3. Golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, Zones 10–11)
  4. Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeeana, Zone 11) 

 

Golden foliage glows with wealthy enchantment

Dream Catcher™ beautybush plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Golden foliage glows with rich appeal container labeled

I really like shrubs with gold-tinted foliage which have year-round enchantment. They add a contact of brightness to any combo. I take advantage of these colourful bushes in containers for a 12 months or two earlier than they develop too massive and should be moved to the backyard. On this combine, the frost-hardy foliage of Dream Catcher™ beautybush spills out from beneath a few of my favourite annuals and perennials. Because the cool days progress, the foliage will flip from lime tinted with gold to a deep shade of gold with hints of orange.

  1. Dream Catcher™ beautybush (Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Maradco’, Zones 4–8)
  2. Pentas (Pentas lanceolata cv., annual)
  3. ‘Purple Scorching Rio’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Purple Scorching Rio’, Zone 11)
  4. Elephant’s ear (Colocasia esculenta* cv., Zones 8–11)
  5. Coleus (S. scutellarioides cv., Zone 11)

*See invasive alert beneath.

 

Spotlight tender, candy petals with darkish mates

summer flowers plant container
Picture: Brandi Spade

Highlight soft, sweet petals with dark mates container labeled

Summer time flowers appeal to hummingbirds and butterflies, so I usually create containers that characteristic flowering nectar crops together with ones grown purely for his or her foliage. I take advantage of dark-colored leaves to dramatically define my greatest bloomers as a result of flowering crops usually don’t have probably the most fascinating foliage. I additionally alternate small leaves and daring leaves so as to add distinction amongst foliage crops. 

  1. ‘Candy Caroline Bewitched Purple’ candy potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Candy Caroline Bewitched Purple’, Zone 11)
  2. ‘Cha Cha’ cuphea (Cuphea llavea ‘Cha Cha’, Zones 8–10)
  3. Senorita Rosalita® cleome (Cleome ‘Inncleosr’, annual)
  4. ‘Northern Lights Lavender’ pentas (Pentas lanceolata ‘Northern Lights Lavender’, annual)
  5. ‘Amazon Sundown’ lotus vine (Lotus ‘Amazon Sundown’, annual)
  6. Babylon® Gentle Blue verbena (Verbena × hybrida ‘Dulcena’, annual)
  7. ‘Brilliantissima’ iresine (Iresine herbstii ‘Brilliantissima’, annual)

 

Shrubs aren’t only for landscapes

Sugar Tip® rose of Sharon plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Shrubs aren’t just for landscapes container labeled

Blooming shrubs are sturdy, hardy members of my container-garden household. And when a shrub additionally has colourful, enticing kind and foliage, its worth triples in my eyes. The gorgeous powder-puff pink blooms and variegated foliage of this Sugar Tip® rose of Sharon persist all summer season, and the entire combo makes use of waterwise shrubs and perennials moderately than thirsty annuals—an awesome attribute the place water scarcity and upkeep is a matter. 

  1. Sugar Tip® rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus* ‘America Irene Scott’, Zones 5–9)
  2. Petit Bleu™ blue-mist shrub (Caryopteris × clandonensis ‘Minibleu’, Zones 5–9)
  3. ‘Amazon Mist’ sedge (Carex ‘Amazon Mist’, Zones 7–10)
  4. Bush germander (Teucrium fruticans, Zones 8–9)
  5. ‘Silvery Sunproof’ liriope (Liriope muscari ‘Silvery Sunproof’, Zones 6–10)

 

You possibly can’t drown a water-loving plant

water-loving plant containers
Picture: Steve Aitken

You can’t drown a water-loving plant container labeled

Water gardens are straightforward after they’re in a container. On this watertight bowl, I put all types of my favourite moisture-loving crops collectively: some quick and full, others tall and stylish. I preserve a lot of the weighty crops low to spotlight the skinny, taller stems. That is additionally a low-maintenance container. Stuffed with a gallon or so of water, you’ll be able to go on a brief trip and never fear concerning the crops surviving whilst you’re gone.

  1. King Tut® papyrus (Cyperus papyrus King Tut®, annual)
  2. ‘Lime Zinger’ elephant’s ear (Xanthosoma ‘Lime Zinger’, Zones 8–11)
  3. Sundew Springs™ lysimachia (Lysimachia congestiflora Sundew Springs™, Zones 7–11)
  4. Variegated candy flag (Acorus gramineus ‘Variegatus’, Zones 6–9)
  5. Voodoo lily (Pinellia tripartita, Zones 5–10)

 

Each backyard wants a blue container

blue plant container
Picture: Steve Aitken

Every garden needs a blue container container labeled

It’s straightforward to fall in love with a blue pot, maybe as a result of true blues are laborious to seek out in nature. All I actually know is that almost each plant I’ve tried appears to be like nice in a blue container. With bamboo and plenty of lush greens round my koi pond, the bigger leaves of a dwarf elephant’s ear are excellent for this cobalt blue pot. The limey golden foliage of oregano spills from the container’s edge like a strand of lights and finishes off this association. 

  1. Dwarf elephant’s ear (Alocasia odora ‘California’, Zones 8–11)
  2. Orange hair sedge (Carex testacea, Zones 8–9)
  3. Golden oregano (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’, Zones 4–9)
  4. Variegated potato vine (Solanum jasminoides ‘Variegata’, Zones 9–11)
  5. Serena White® angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia Serena White®, annual)
  6. Lantana (Lantana camara* cv., Zone 11)

*See invasive alert beneath.

 

Low upkeep doesn’t imply low affect

conifer and oregano mix plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Low maintenance doesn’t mean low impact container labeled

Cool colours and tender textures mingle on this low-maintenance conifer and decorative oregano combine designed by a good friend of mine: College of Tennessee horticulturist Jason Reeves. Within the background, a rich-colored coleus offers a shot of complementary coloration for the inexperienced tones of the crops in entrance. This stunning and sturdy pairing of containers conveniently line the stroll right into a public constructing, the place the oldsters inside can higher view them.

  1. ‘Barry’s Silver’ Lawson false cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Barry’s Silver’, Zones 5–9)
  2. Cuban oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus, Zones 10–11)
  3. ‘Lemon Twist’ variegated plectranthus (Plectranthus ‘Lemon Twist’, Zones 10–11)
  4. ‘Alabama sundown’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Alabama Sundown’, Zone 11)

 

Inexperienced and white show foliage at its greatest

variegated corn and peacock moss plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Green and white display foliage at its best container labeled

Inexperienced is nature’s greatest shade. This soothing mixture of green-and-white variegation performs collectively, creating an virtually metallic really feel. A sturdy, slate grey container picks up on the darker shades, whereas repetitious patterns of white veins, dots, and contours leap out of the association. Variegated corn is the thriller of this combo, whereas the peacock moss spills down the perimeters.

  1. ‘Polly’ African masks (Alocasia × amazonica ‘Polly’, Zones 10–11)
  2. ‘Snow Capped’ begonia (Begonia ‘Snow Capped’, Zone 11)
  3. ‘Successful Streak’ variegated corn (Zea mays ‘Successful Streak’, annual)
  4. Peacock spikemoss (Selaginella uncinata, Zones 6–9)
  5. ‘Silver Falls’ dichondra (Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’, Zones 10–11)
  6. English ivy (Hedera helix* cv., Zones 5–11)

 

Playful colours command consideration

Chocolate and Cherries plant containers
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Playful colors command attention container labeled

“Chocolate and Cherries” is the colour scheme of those unlikely companions. The design begins off darkish and lightens as you attain the highest, ending in a whisper of flowers. Giant leaves mirror the burden of the metallic container, and nice foliage softens the perimeters. The flowers of dwarf crape myrtle are an added bonus as a result of the foliage is lush sufficient to seize your consideration even when the plant isn’t in bloom.

  1. Razzle Dazzle® Cherry Dazzle® dwarf crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘Gamad I’, Zones 6–9)
  2. Copperleaf (Acalypha wilkesiana cv., Zones 10–11)
  3. African mallow (Anisodontea capensis, Zones 8–9)
  4. ‘After Darkish’ Australian willow myrtle (Agonis flexuosa ‘After Darkish’, Zones 10–11)
  5. ‘Grape Expectations’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Grape Expectations’, Zone 11)

Design suggestions

lining terra-cotta pots
Picture: courtesy of Rita Randolph

Lining terra-cotta pots saves water

Terra-cotta containers can actually be a problem to maintain watered in the course of the scorching summer season months, however lining the within of a pot with a plastic bag can reduce down on evaporation from the sidewalls. Make sure to present drainage by slicing loads of holes within the backside of the bag.

Prepared-to-go containers are nice for busy gardeners

A simple and time-saving technique to fill a pot is to discover a blended container or hanging basket at a neighborhood nursery that has crops you actually like in it. Switch it to a bigger container of your individual after which add to the combo some other crops you discover interesting.

spider plant ready-to-go container
Picture: Brandi Spade

Wild colours add aptitude to lush combos

hibiscus and golden shrimp plant plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Wild colors add flair to lush combos container labeled

I wasn’t fairly able to plant this delicate Chinese language parasol tree within the floor, so I housed it on this container to guard it from any accidents, like skinning the trunk with a mower or weed whacker. The tree, barely a 12 months previous, acts as a cover on this combo. Its outstretched inexperienced leaves create dappled shade for the remaining members of the container. The citrus colours of hibiscus and golden shrimp plant create a vibrant, showy underplanting, whereas the golden oregano drapes over the container edge and brightens the pale cream coloration of the pot.

  1. Chinese language parasol tree (Firmiana simplex*, Zones 7–11)
  2. Golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, Zones 10–11)
  3. ‘Katie’ wild petunia (Ruellia brittoniana* ‘Katie’, Zones 8–11)
  4. ‘Satisfaction of acadiana’ Cajun hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Satisfaction of Acadiana’, Zone 11)
  5. Golden oregano (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’, Zones 4–9)

*See invasive alert beneath.

 

Colourful, prolonged bloomers create a tropical paradise

shrimp plant and ‘Summer Candle’ firecracker flower plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Colorful, lengthy bloomers create a tropical paradise container labeled

Golden oxalis casts a heat glow, outlining and cradling this association whereas mixing a number of citrus colours collectively. Unique, tropical-looking flowers burst from crops intermingled among the many blades of orange hair sedge. Better of all, the shrimp plant and ‘Summer time Candle’ firecracker flower bloom all summer season lengthy.

  1. ‘Yellow queen’ shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeeana ‘Yellow Queen’, Zones 10–11)
  2. Molten Lava™ oxalis (Oxalis vulcanicola Molten Lava™, annual)
  3. Orange hair sedge (Carex testacea, Zones 8–9)
  4. ‘Summer time Candle’ firecracker flower (Crossandra infundibuliformis ‘Summer time Candle’, Zones 10–11)
  5. Golden Mexican heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia ‘Aurea’, Zone 11)
  6. Variegated vinca vine (Vinca main* cv., Zones 7–9)

*See invasive alert beneath.

 

Colourful foliage and flowers are a strong combine

Begonias and 'Silver Scrolls’ heuchera container
Picture: courtesy of Rita Randolph

Colorful foliage and flowers are a powerful mix container labeled

Comfortable but placing, this pink-toned combine is a satisfying and enjoyable factor to see on my deck on the finish of an extended day. Begonias of comparable coloration entice a more in-depth look contained in the association. The silver and darkish plum ‘Silver Scrolls’ heuchera provides the combo weight close to the pot’s edge, tying all of the shades of pink collectively. 

  1. ‘Thai Magnificence’ caladium (Caladium bicolor ‘Thai Magnificence’, Zones 10–11)
  2. ‘Sinbad’ cane begonia (Begonia ‘Sinbad’, Zone 11)
  3. Angel wing begonia (Begonia coccinea, Zone 11)
  4. ‘Silver Scrolls’ heuchera (Heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’, Zones 4–9)
  5. Tremendous elfin™ Combine Pastel impatiens (Impatiens walleriana Tremendous Elfin™ Combine Pastel, annual)

 

Mix shades of coloration for a blinding trio

spotted leopard plant plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Blend shades of color for a dazzling trio container labeled

It solely takes a brief stroll exterior to see what number of coloration hues exist in nature. I usually pair crops by mirroring hints of different colours present in inexperienced foliage. Shades of inexperienced, blue, and yellow play off one another effectively on this easy-to-grow association. Even the noticed leopard plant will produce shiny yellow flowers in summer season. Utilizing a big ceramic pot like this could be a little heavy, so I often match a light-weight liner inside or place a false backside within the pot to lighten the load.

  1. Peacock spikemoss (Selaginella uncinata, Zones 6–9)
  2. Noticed leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum ‘Aureomaculatum’, Zones 7–8)
  3. ‘Laurentii’ mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’, Zone 11)

 

Wealthy reds burn shiny with black contrasts

‘Siam Ruby’ banana and ‘Black Magic’ elephant’s ear plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Rich reds burn bright with black contrasts container labeled

I like to make use of ‘Siam Ruby’ banana in my containers as a result of it doesn’t appear to be as vigorous as different bananas, leaving room for complementary crops. Giant leaves counterbalance the scale of this tropical plant. ‘Black Magic’ elephant’s ear matches the invoice with its large, daring leaves. To maintain the association from wanting too chunky, brightly coloured coleus, scorching pepper, and fine-textured foliage fill within the remaining open spots.

  1. ‘Siam Ruby’ banana (Musa acuminata ‘Siam Ruby’, Zones 9–11)
  2. ‘Black Magic’ elephant’s ear (Colocasia esculenta* ‘Black Magic’, Zones 8–11)
  3. Mariposa™ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides Mariposa™, Zone 11)
  4. Razzle Dazzle® Cherry Dazzle® dwarf crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia ‘Gamad I’, Zones 6–9)
  5. ‘Explosive ember’ decorative pepper (Capsicum annuum ‘Explosive Ember’, annual)

 

Cactus provides a novel contact to a refined combine

red cactus plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Cactus adds a unique touch to a subtle mix container labeled

This pot, created by Jason Reeves, shows a little bit of southwestern fashion in an in any other case normal combine. An uncommon crimson cactus, found throughout a plant-buying journey, makes its house cascading out of the aspect. Its shiny coloration and distinctive foliage get up this cool combine, the crimson coming out like a colourful ribbon tied to the entrance. 

  1. Purple mistletoe cactus (Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa, Zone 11)
  2. Diamond Frost® euphorbia (Euphorbia ‘Inneuphdia’, Zones 10–11)
  3. ‘Lemon & Lime’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Lemon & Lime’, Zone 11)

 

Tall, sturdy grasses elevate this combo

‘Princess’ napier grass plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Tall, sturdy grasses elevate this combo container labeled

Once I noticed this large, bodacious grass rising in Georgia, I needed to have it. ‘Princess’ napier grass can attain 4 ft tall, as excessive as some dwarf bananas. Added to the peak of this earth-tone pot, it makes a beautiful vertical assertion, together with the large, daring coleus. The vertical construction will keep tall and powerful as a result of ‘Princess’ napier grass doesn’t flop like different grasses. This combo can also be low upkeep as a result of few of the crops require a lot trimming and ‘Princess’ is an rare bloomer.

  1. ‘Princess’ napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum* ‘Princess’, Zones 8–11)
  2. ‘Alabama Sundown’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Alabama Sundown’, Zone 11)
  3. Golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, Zones 10–11)
  4. ‘Sedona’ coleus (S. scutellarioides ‘Sedona’, Zone 11)
  5. ‘Candy Caroline Bewitched Purple’ candy potato vine (Ipomoea batatas ‘Candy Caroline Bewitched Purple’, Zone 11)
  6. Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa, Zones 7–9)

 

Use contrasting, shapely foliage as the principle participant

‘Prince of Orange’ philodendron and Mother-in-law’s tongue plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Use contrasting, shapely foliage as the main player container labeled

Playing around with foliage is my favourite pastime. Even well-known, leafy houseplants can double as colourful outdoor-container elements in shade. ‘Prince of Orange’ philodendron is the point of interest on this stunning terra-cotta pot, complementing its coloration. Mom-in-law’s tongue makes a dynamic linear accent, rising above the opposite foliage. Somewhat splash of coloration from the blooms of kalanchoe is icing on the cake.

  1. ‘Prince of Orange’ philodendron (Philodendron ‘Prince of Orange’, Zone 11)
  2. ‘Laurentii’ mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’, Zone 11)
  3. ‘Macho’ fern (Nephrolepis biserrata ‘Macho’, Zones 9–11)
  4. ‘Endlessly Midi Orange Glow’ kalanchoe (Kalanchoe ‘Endlessly Midi Orange Glow’, Zone 11)
  5. ‘Troy’s Gold’ plectranthus (Plectranthus ciliatus ‘Troy’s Gold’, Zones 10–11)

 

Create stability by pairing like-size crops

'Giant Glutinosum’ aeonium plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Create balance by pairing like-size plants container labeled

A number of of my favourite succulents have discovered a house collectively on this earth-tone combine. The ‘Large Glutinosum’ aeonium was starting to get so large that I wanted a number of massive rosettes of succulents to stability the visible weight of this association. The finished combo showcases each tall and quick succulent specimens, whereas the shades of yellow, inexperienced, pink, and blue add coloration that you just may not count on to see in a water-wise combo.

  1. ‘Large glutinosum’ aeonium (Aeonium ‘Large Glutinosum’, Zones 9–11)
  2. Sedum (Sedum cv., Zones 6–11)
  3. Echeveria (Echeveria sp., Zone 11)

 

Completely different rising circumstances aren’t deal breakers

Chinese mahonia plant container
Picture: Michelle Gervais

Chinese mahonia plant container numbered

Who says that every one the crops in a mixture need to have the identical rising circumstances? Crops typically astound me with their adaptability to varied circumstances. This combo, designed by Jason Reeves, pairs a combination of plant wants, from the moisture-loving ajuga to the semi-drought-tolerant Chinese language mahonia. If the combo appears to be like good, I say go for it—as a result of ultimately, it’s all about what you like. However do count on your pals to cease by and gawk adoringly.

  1. ‘Tricolor’ cordyline (Cordyline fruticosa ‘Tricolor’, Zone 11)
  2. ‘Chocolate chip’ ajuga (Ajuga reptans* ‘Chocolate Chip’, Zones 3–9)
  3. ‘Trailing burgundy’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Trailing Burgundy’, Zone 11)
  4. ‘Caramel’ heuchera (Heuchera ‘Caramel’, Zones 3–8)
  5. Chinese language mahonia (Mahonia fortunei, Zones 8–9)

*See invasive alert beneath.


A scorching summer season requires cool methods

For containers not solely to outlive but additionally to thrive in the summertime months, you want to take just a few precautions, which can make life lots simpler. Including high-quality potting media, top-dressing in areas of scorching solar to chop down on evaporation, and watering and fertilizing routinely are the fundamental requirements for good development. This degree of consideration might make you’re feeling such as you’ve simply adopted a brand new pet—and rightly so. Crops want consideration, however you’ll be rewarded with nice efficiency.

Make container design straightforward by selecting the principle gamers first 

potting plant container
Picture: courtesy of Rita Randolph

Whether or not I’m attempting to realize a proper ambiance or a vigorous, tropical one, I search for my essential gamers first. The crops I select as focal factors often have exceptional attributes that may intensify the affect of an identical pair of urns or a single, massive container. I mix crops which have massive or lengthy leaves with rich-colored or lush inexperienced foliage to set the theme. For designs that want a bit one thing additional, I make use of companion crops to complete the look. Maintain up a plant and examine its coloration, texture, and dimension to find out if it is going to work as a stand-alone specimen or if it wants associates. 

fine foliage to separate larger leaves
Picture: Jennifer Benner

Use nice foliage to separate massive leaves 

Comfortable, tiny, or ferny foliage interspersed amongst massive, dominant leaves is the glue that holds all of the foliage collectively. Whether or not you employ the thriller/filler/spiller design method, the planting-in-odd-numbers method, or the color-theory strategy, your essential focus must be utilizing complementary textures. That may make it straightforward to create thrilling container mixtures—even when they’re merely inexperienced.

adding an ornamental grass to a container
Picture: courtesy of Rita Randolph

You possibly can fill your pot to the brim in case you choose crops with related wants

Guests to my greenhouse usually ask me what number of crops they will safely put in a pot. The reply will depend on how a lot cash you may have. In all seriousness, crops develop till they contact and mingle anyway, so filling a pot is kind of acceptable. Simply ensure that all of the crops have suitable rising habits and that one keen grower gained’t take over the others. You possibly can often discover all this info on a plant tag, however be sure you ask questions on the nursery in case you’re selecting a plant that doesn’t embrace rising necessities. 

A sandy topdressing holds in moisture

pouring sand into a container
Picture: Brandi Spade

In case your totally grown pots dry out so quick that watering them turns into a serious chore, strive mulching with some handfuls of a sand, bark, and granular fertilizer combine. When this combo is unfold evenly on high and watered, the sand sifts down into the foundation space and helps maintain in additional moisture. I additionally use an all-natural, granular fertilizer referred to as Plant-tone, by Espoma, to offer a wide range of vitamins that gained’t leach out with watering (each time you water, you’re rinsing soluble fertilizer out). 

trimming plants
Picture: Brandi Spade

Trim crops to advertise shapely new development

Proper when summer season peaks and all our containers are wanting full and plush, it’s time to consider slicing some crops again a bit. Verbena and lantana, for example, profit from common pinching all through the summer season. Impatiens usually develop so quick that they require clipping again two or 3 times in the course of the summer season. 

Whenever you reduce, return to a joint or node that has a aspect department or has new development rising. This helps keep away from “blind eyes” that gained’t produce any new development. Make sure to gently fertilize your containers after slicing to make sure that the brand new development comes out robust and wholesome. That is additionally time to examine for pests, being positive to show the leaves over to examine the undersides.


*These crops are thought-about invasive in some areas. Please examine invasiveplantatlas.org or your state’s checklist of invasive crops for extra info.

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