You are the master of patio plants. Every inch of your deck is a tapestry of blooms that is the talk of the neighborhood. But, lurking over the horizon is summer: a season that is both spectacular and burdensome. Heat can turn your flower festooned patio into a drooping dry mess.
How do you coexist with a season that can halt all your hard work? It’s actually easier than you think. With a few preventative steps, you can make your container garden outshine even the hot sun.
Life’s too short for both you and your plants to buy cheap pots. While terracotta is a nice choice, consider getting a glazed ceramic/terracotta since they tend to keep in moisture better during the hot months. Also, consider fabric pots which aerates plant’s roots and keeps the soil much cooler than standard plastic pots. Plus, larger containers should always be used instead of small containers. Your plant will have time to grow in a bigger container, and it will keep you from having to constantly transplant from one pot to the next.
Following these three (and a half) rules will keep your plants happy even when the sun is unrelenting…