Patio Pots Looking a Little Tired?
|Have you looked closely at the containers on the porch and patio?
Some plants may be looking a little straggly and others may have fried in the heat. If so, take some time this weekend to bring the pizzazz back to your porch. There are, after all, at least 9 good weeks left in the growing season!
Add a few fresh plants and do a little maintenance and your containers will look lush and lively ’til fall.
Start with a long look at your containers and notice bare areas or plants, that for whatever reason, never took off or just aren’t thriving. Even though we do hate the thought of giving up on our plants, you really don’t have to keep trying to nurse the struggling ones back to health! The stragglers can be replaced.
Next consider the design of the containers and the shapes that need to be filled in. Do you need to replace the tall “thriller” in your pot? How about the “spiller” plants that cascade over the edge? Or is it the “filler” plant that mounds to fill space that needs a fresh look? Once you know the shapes of plants you need to change, you can get the replacements.
Plants to consider
Overall, select plants that will thrive until the end of the growing season and offer late season interest as we move closer to fall.
Tips to keep containers healthy in the heat
Enjoy the second half of the growing season – and make it as showy as the first half!