Rejuvenating Your Summer Pots
Now is a great time to refresh your containers that were planted earlier in the season. With the exception of a few days of high temperatures, we’ve enjoyed lovely weather this summer. Your containers can be blooming and looking great up until frost, which could be another four months or so away! Take a minute to look at what needs pulling out and replacing. Many of the hardiest hot weather annuals show up later in the season as they need long days and lots of sun to really perform. Examples of this are vinca and zinnias. Planting vinca in May is risky because the plants are small and the weather is unpredicatable. Too much rain and any dips in temperature at night will cause the plant to stunt for the rest of the season. Cooler weather annuals that looked great in May and June can now be replaced with those that thrive in deep summer. Angelonia is a superstar in containers for hot weather tolerance and continuous bloom until frost. Zinnias in various heights and bright colors bring a fresh vibrancy when other plants have faded or lost impact. Best of all, this time of year most annuals are being clearanced, so with a little effort and investment you should continue to be colorful and blooming until frost!