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Fri, 07/29/2011 - 17:48 — Kimberly Bird
Big Texas Color in the Garden!
Use plants that offer big color in containers or as splashes throughout your garden beds to spruce up your outdoor living spaces.
Colorful plants to consider right now include:
Copper Plants: These colorful foliage plants grow two to four feet tall and two to four feet wide. Copper Plants thrive in Summer heat. They like sun but can take a bit shade as well. They will also continue into the Fall providing a show of Autumn colors into the cooler weather.
Golden Bells (Esperanza): This tropical flowering shrub with showy, golden-yellow, trumpet shaped blooms offers a lightly fragrant scent, perfect for entrances and patios. A repeat bloomer, Esperanza thrives during the Texas Summer season.
Lantana: Butterflies love this flower. Choose from yellow, orange and pink. Lantanas grow up to 36 inches, depending on the variety, but can be cut back. They are drought tolerant and thrive in the heat.
Pentas: Another favorite of the butterfly, Pentas grow two feet tall and have clusters of star shaped flowers. Select plants in reds or pinks to accent sunny gardens or containers.
All these warm weather plants do well in full to part sun and offer a splash of color. They are all drought tolerant as well once established, just remember any newly planted plant needs water to get established.
With this heat you water your containers nearly every day which can flush out nutrients. It’s a good idea to use a water soluble fertilizer, like Calloway's Amazing Blooms, to replenish the soil of nutrients.
With the Texas heat use Calloway's Premium Potting Soil for containers or gardens. This soil has expanded shale to allow for better drainage allowing enhanced access for roots to nutrients and moisture, as well as allows more oxygen into the soil by breaking up native clays.
Soil Moist water crystals help reduce the amount of times you need to water by allowing the soil to hold more moisture than can be made available to plants over a longer period of time.
Last but very important, Calloway’s Nursery recommends at least two to three inches of mulch on garden beds and around plants in containers. Mulch protects roots and keeps them cooler as well as reduces water evaporation. We recommend Calloway's Cedar Mulch.
With good plant selection, soil maintenance, feeding, moisture control and care your plants can thrive in the Texas Summer heat.