Are you finding that plants in your containers seem to melt in the heat? That's not surprising, especially when you consider that people don't always understand how to care for container plants. Summer in the south is hot, sticky and humid, which means you need a specific type of heat-loving plant in the correct type of container to survive under these conditions! Fortunately, there are plenty of options to help maintain your greenery during the summer that will complement your outdoor furnishings. Here are just a few of our favorite picks!
Creating the ideal home for succulent plants in hot and humid Atlanta summer conditions can be a challenge. These beauties do well when the soil and roots are protected from the outside heat by a planter or container that doesn't absorb the heat as traditional materials can. Succulent plants store water in their fleshy leaves to help them survive in warmer conditions. Different succulents can store water in different structures, such as the leaves, stems, and roots depending on the succulent type. There are various succulent plants within a wide variety of plant families, these water preserving plants often grow in areas of high temperatures and limited water and have the ability to thrive on limited water.
Lantana and Salvia
These tiny but stunning flowers may have been classified as weedy-looking by gardeners in the past, but their drought-resistance has made them a staple in outdoor container decorating in the hot and humid south. Lantana plants produce mounds of flowers that can spill beautifully over the edges of a planter, but they also have another interesting feature that not everyone is aware of. The brightly-colored flowers are also irresistible to butterflies, making your yard the draw of the neighborhood when the friendly creatures join your space. Salvia is another plant that is a big draw for butterflies as well as hummingbirds, as the sweet-smelling flowers are available in a variety of rainbow hues.
A great planter to grow your favorite summer container plants in is the TruDrop® System by Crescent® Garden. With bases that hold a great deal of soil to help insulate the delicate root systems of your plants. the TruDop® watering system provides a constant water supply to plants while protecting them from the worst of the summer heat. This patent pending product allows planters to go without watering for 2-6 weeks depending on the plant type and the environment. The double wall design of the planters provides the perfect storage space for water that is slowly released into the plant when it is needed. These planters are perfect for indoor and outdoor gardening with a removable waterproof plug on the bottom for draining and an easy to fill water cap at the top of the planter. The TruDrop® System is great for first-time gardeners, travelers and those that live in warmer, dryer conditions.
You may think of orchids most often as a delicate plant that wouldn't survive the hot sun, but their cousins, the ground orchids, are much hardier and can do well in a container garden with proper care. While waving at the end of reedy stalks, ground orchids will bloom non-stop all summer, providing you with months of vibrant color. The great thing about container plants is that you can place them indoors, so you don't lose them in the chilly winter weather.
Coneflowers and Black-Eyed Susans
While the colors schemes are different for these two hardy plants, they both flourish in the hot, Atlanta summertime. Whether you go for single or double coneflowers (Echinacea) or the long-lasting rudbeckia cousins, when you plant these perennials you'll be providing yourself with two long-lasting options for gorgeous cut flower bouquets. Tip: After the first summer in a container, transplant them to a sunny spot in your flower garden in the fall where they will be beautiful year after year.
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