Summer means two things–beautiful gardens and relaxing vacations. Let’s have the best of both by planting containers with varieties that thrive on less water specifically, and less fuss generally.
We’ve chosen four combinations (of course you could keep it simple like this wonderful Arbequina Fruiting Olive tree flying solo in a large pot) that should be plenty happy in a large pot while you’re away with a bit of pre-vacation care (see below). Use our “recipes”, or mix and match these to get the look you love.
Three "Thrillers", One Pot
A quirky mix of textures and foliage with the added charm of fragrant lavender, this combo is ideal for situations where you need height. Tuck into a border, use at the edge of a patio, or center in a courtyard.
Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass
Zone: 4 – 9
Blue-green foliage and conversation-starting, golden summer flowers on stiff, weather resistant stems. Long lasting seed heads hold into winter. Partial to full sun.
You're Away, Bees Stay
You’ve worked hard to create a little haven for pollinators. Make sure the welcome sign stays while you go away with tough plants that bees and butterflies adore. We love this mix in a vegetable garden or a modern landscape.
Orange You Excited?
We delight in a good color story and nothing grabs and holds attention like brilliant shades of golden orange. These warm, bolder colors work especially well against brick surfaces such as patio floors or front steps.
Here's a Tip!
Sharp, pointed, spiky! Want loads of eye-catching color but not loads of flowers? Look to sedums and succulents. Mexican sage is always a go. For places not easy to water– rooftop gardens or patios where drainage is an issue.
A Few Tips For Keeping Containers Happy
–If possible, move pots to a shade location while you are away. This can help to minimize soil drying out too quickly.
–Water deeply for several days before leaving to ensure that soil is thoroughly moist and that there are no pockets of dry soil.
–Add a few extra inches of fresh mulch such as finely shredded bark to help keep soil moist.
–Experiment before leaving with old-school hacks such as homemade watering funnels constructed from empty liter soda bottles. They might look weird, but they can be helpful.
–While larger containers of these plants will likely weather your absence, smaller pots and hanging baskets typically do not hold enough soil to get and stay thoroughly moist. Here, consider investing in an inexpensive drip system on a timer.
–Finally, nothing is guaranteed. A blistering heat spell or bout of hot, dry wind can take out even those plants that are extra hardy. If you’re really concerned, there’s probably a neighbor kid you can train to water!