As the saying goes “when you play you pay”.
Such is life…
Go on holiday for two weeks & your container plants suffer.
The price – a trip to the nursery & an afternoon of gardening.
A price I am more than willing to pay.
Drought Tolerant Container Garden
Being the end of the summer & drought conditions here, I chose carefully.
Hardy, low water needs, and fitting for the change of season.
I do love picking out plants for container gardens.
It is like putting to together an outfit.
The plants have to suit the same weather & conditions. You wouldn’t pair a wool sweater with a bikini bottom.
The combination has to look great. Each plant complimenting the other. Just like a dress & shoes need to work together to create a look ~ Converse with a cocktail dress, not so much.
The container itself has to make it all come together like the accessories of an outfit.
Ok, let’s put this outfit, I mean container garden, together!
- English Lavender
Graptoveria Coconut Ice
- Polka Dot plant
English Lavender is perennial herb that grows like a small shrub. It bears lilac blue flowers on spiky stems. The leaves are grey/greenish in color and narrow. Sandy soil, full sun and little water are required for best growth.
Kalanchoe Beauvardii is a succulent with fleshy green leaves subtly tipped with pink. It blooms with clusters of tubular flowers. Full sun, sandy soil & light moisture, letting dry out between watering.
Graptoveria Coconut Ice is a succulent with green/silver wavy leaves edged in pink. The leaves form a rosette. Full sun, sandy soil & light moisture, letting dry out between watering.
Polka Dot Plant is an annual that likes full sun & needs only moderate water. It has striking foliage that compliments the sage green & tinge of pink of the Kalanchoe & Graptoveria. I only added a 6 pack of this plant, so if it needs to be replaced as the months go by it is easy to do.
As always, I made sure there is adequate drainage in my container, added in my three secrets & mulched. My mulch of choice for containers is Spanish Moss.
I love how it fills in, softens the edges, adds more texture & keeps the plants protected ~ kinda like a scarf. See I told you this was like putting together an outfit!
All the plants I chose require low water once established and are low maintenance as well. In case another trip comes up!
I am really loving the soft colors & textures of this container garden. Hope you do too!
Pin it so you have the plant names handy ~ they can be tricky to remember.
To learn more about drought tolerant plants & how to help make a plant drought tolerant read here.
** Kelly **