On Friday, July 26, PHS president Drew Becher chatted with 6abc meteorologist Adam Joseph about strategies for keeping your garden looking great—or at least not terrible—during the sweltering summer. You can watch the segment and see the recently refurbished 6abc Weather Garden below.
Of course you can only say so much in a two-minute clip. Therefore, allow me to elaborate on Drew’s hanging-basket advice.
- Hanging baskets can dry out quickly, especially in the brutal weather we’ve had of late. If your plants are wilting, take advantage of the baskets’ mobility and move them to a location with more moderate sun exposure.
- Watering is the most important factor for keeping your hanging baskets going. The best time to water is early in the morning or later in the evening. Don’t water in the middle of the day when the sun is at its worst.
- When you water, do so deeply. Allow time for the plant to absorb the water before you water again.
- If the situation is bleak and you have nothing to lose, try cutting back the plant slightly. This may give your plant a second chance for success.
- If yours is a lost cause, don’t discard the basket—try again with something new! Two plants that can handle the heat while looking great are salvia and lantana. Warm-season grasses require little maintenance and add texture to a combo basket.
Good luck! Remember, September will be here soon; meaning true gardening can resume!