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Drought Proof!


No matter what part of the country you live in, drought has become a common seasonal occurrence.  Even without imposed water restrictions, it just makes good sense to develop ways to decrease the amount of water we use on our plants.  Container gardens are naturally water thrifty, but for successful garden plantings, especially in a dry year, there are a few guidelines to follow:

1.  Proper Placement:  Decide where to locate your container garden.  Full sun areas will require the hardiest plants, and containers placed near walls or on concrete or stone patios will heat up more due to light reflections and heat conditions.  Not all plants will appreciate such harsh conditions, and all will need more frequent watering.

2.  Choose the right plants:  Look for those that are naturally drought tolerant.  Plants suited to arid regions such as the Southwest and Mediterranean areas are perfect choices.  In addition, ones that are native to your area are usually good choices, since they already are acclimated.

3.  Bigger really is better:  The larger the container, the more resources will be available to the plants.  Most important among these is water.  A larger pot holds a larger volume of soil, which in turn can store more moisture than a pot half the size.  Obviously, the more water a container holds, the less frequently you will need to water it.

4.  Use proper soil and irrigation:  Using the proper soil mix in your pots is very important.  Avoid using real soil from your garden beds.  It compacts in garden pots.  A container garden will use less water than similar plantings in the ground but you  will need to water them more frequently.

Depending on the size of the pot, it's placement and the plants you use may need to water as often as once a day.  Low water use plants in large containers getting afternoon shade may need water only every other day

5.  Mulch & Maintenance:  Like plants in a flower bed, container plants benefit from a layer of mulch. It slows evaporation of the water on the surface and insulates the soil.  Even though you have fertilized with potting soil, many container gardens can use additional feeding throughout their growing season. 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 1:56:04 PM 

4 Fragrant August Bloomers for your pottery

There are so many wonderful plants materials to consider when trying to decide what to plant in your garden pottery.  We love a plant that is not only beautiful but FRAGRANT!  Here are a few suggestions.

 18954-Photos-Of-Flowers-For-PotteryBouvardia longiflora 'Albatross'
Excellent in bouquests, it grows outdoors in all kinds of garden containers and should be able to move into a protected spot in winter months.  An exception to this rule is if planted in a mild climate like Southern California or Arizona.   To play up it's blossoms, plant in a dark green or chocolate brown glazed pot.   The contrast will be stunning!

White, silky petaled blossoms have an unforgettable fragrance.   To scent a patio, plant a compact form such as 'Veitchii', "Radicans', or 'White Gem' in a decorative and oversized container.  In mild climates, plant several in a sunny bed to form a low hedge.  If you have never smelled this fragrance you are truly missing out!

Look for varieties such as 'Hawaiian Yellow' at local garden nurseries.  Everywhere except Hawaii, plant singly in large, light-weight containers to display on a sunny patio or garden area.  Light afternoon shade in hottest inland areas is best.  Move indoors for winter.  Not only delicate and lovely but the fragrance is completely memorable.

Creamy white blossoms are strung into leis in Hawaii.  Following a long season of heat, flower stems rise above grass like foliage.  Nurseries sell blooming plants in gallon containers all summer, so you should be able to find them locally where ever you are.  Mass several in a large container.  Use plain terracotta for a traditional, classic look or go with a hot color in poly resin and make a bold statement.
Give one of these bold, fragrant blooms a try and tell us how you liked them!
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:28:24 PM 

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