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||These two-level pots
overflowing with colorful flowers create a
fountain-like structure on a patio at the
Gardens in La Canada, California.
Patio Pots for Summer.
This year instead of colorful pots scattered around your
patio, consider the vertical arrangement of pots with
cascading flower as shown at
our favorite botanic garden in California. The lower
dominant pot is heavy enough to give stability.
The upper pot is, in fact, a
wire planter lined with moss, then filled with potting
soil. You might ordinarily see it as a hanging
planter. The open construction of the planter can
lead to faster water evaporation, so use some polymer
water-retaining crystals in the potting soil mix.
Then plant Lantana to cascade over the sides.
The pansies shown in the pots will not survive in hot,
dry climates, but you can find colorful substitutes.
A Grass Fountain.
idea is to plant colorful grasses in the pots at all levels
and they will droop and sway in the breeze, giving an
impression of a "grass
We advise against using the flat, shallow terra cotta pots
so often sold in garden centers. In a hot, dry climate
patio pots should be deep enough to give roots space to grow
and help keep the roots cool. Also avoid metal tins
for planting. They heat the soil, dry out the roots
and increase summer evaporation.
Nesting a smaller plastic pot inside a larger plastic pot,
then filling the space between the two pots with soil or
moss as insulation will also help keep plant roots in the
inner pot cool and prevent evaporation.
And remember to fertilize your patio
plants. The frequent watering so necessary in summer
will wash away nutrients in even the best potting soils.
This fence is, in fact, a series of
Crabapple trees (Malus) that have been
woven into a criss-cross pattern--blooming pink in
Spring. Soon they will become a leafy green hedge.
Then in Fall the crabapple leaves turn brilliant
red-orange. In winter, the bare branches still
create an interesting pattern. Crabapples do well
in a hot climate, although they need regular deep
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is famous for its two plant collections: camellias which
bloom from December through April. And an international
rose garden which blooms from April through to October.
There is also a lilac collection of hybrids that bloom in
warm climates. If you are planning a trip to Southern
California, be sure to include Descanso Gardens on your list
of places to visit.
||In the Descanso
International Rose Garden roses are planted by
country and in some cases by grower. Nearby the
rose garden is the iris collection which blooms in
April and early May. This rose, left, is in the Japanese
section of the Rose Garden. There is also a
Japanese Tea House at Descanso.
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