Protection From the Sun

One of my hibiscus plants
@BettyB (4221)
Summerville, South Carolina
June 26, 2016 7:25am CST
I have very little grass in my back yard. It’s too shaded. Rather than fight it, I’ve mulched a good bit of it and added color with small potted flowers and bushes. While most of the area is shaded, there is a stretch along the back of the house that gets sun most of the day. Earlier this spring, when the weather was cooler, it was the perfect location for my hibiscus. That’s no longer the case. With the heat and humidity of high summer, the poor things were baking in the sun. One of the reasons I decided to try container gardening was that I could move the plants as needed. Once they were out of the blistering heat, they bounced back and are blooming beautifully. When the weather cools off they’ll be back in the sunshine… and when winter comes… They will either be in the house or the garage.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jun 16
Containers would be great for the area you're describing. Much better than letting the plants try to cope with such trying conditions.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 Jun 16
Most of my plants are in ceramic pots. I thought I would have trouble moving them, but they were not as heavy as I feared.
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@JudyEv (118538)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jun 16
@BettyB We made up some little bases with castors which we put under the bit pots. These make it easier to move the pots around but only if the ground is firm.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
@JudyEv The really big pots have plants that can stay out all winter. My hibiscus are in good sized pots but I don't have trouble moving them. I might take @LadyDuck 's suggestion and just cover them at night. We don't have excessively cold weather. There will be about a month where they will be at risk.
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@LadyDuck (147094)
• Switzerland
26 Jun 16
I have moved most of my plants in big containers that I can move. In winter I move some plants inside the greenhouse, or they would surely die during the coldest days.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 Jun 16
I have a few that will need protection this fall. I haven't decided how I'm going to handle that.
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@LadyDuck (147094)
• Switzerland
27 Jun 16
@BettyB One year I covered the plants with those special garden fabrics. For most of them it was enough, only my gardenia suffered. Now I bring it inside the greenhouse during winter.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
@LadyDuck That's a good idea. I have so many and in the garage they won't get the light they need.
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@Juliaacv (28939)
• Canada
26 Jun 16
I'm sure that it looks great, better not to try to fight with Mother Nature, she always wins!
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 Jun 16
The shade wasn't the only reason I opted for containers. It's next to impossible to dig down. There are roots everywhere.
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@Juliaacv (28939)
• Canada
27 Jun 16
@BettyB I know what you mean, we've got soil that has a lot of clay in it so combined with any roots it is hard to dig and difficult for the plants' roots to grow well.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
@Juliaacv I tried when we first moved in but it wasn't worth it.
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• United States
26 Jun 16
I think container gardening is very smart. I have a few myself but seemed to have placed them well and haven't had to move them.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 Jun 16
I knew I would have to move these, but I didn't think I would need to until July. I love the container gardening.
@marlina (71240)
• Canada
2 Jul 16
I am beginning to love container gardening more and more as I get older and weaker.
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@Macarrosel (7576)
• Philippines
26 Jun 16
Such an awesome idea. The. The plants are protected against too much sun and rain.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 Jun 16
I'm glad I decided to put my flowers in pots. The pots were expensive but a worthwhile investment. They're easy to pick up and move.
@acelawrites (10933)
• Philippines
26 Jun 16
It is one of the benefits of container gardening, you can move it where you wanted it transferred. Are those hibiscus flowers? They looked beautiful.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 Jun 16
Yes, they're hibiscus. I got them last year and planted them in the ground. I fretted over them when they took so long to reemerge so I dug them up and put them in the pots. I don't want to risk losing them.
@Susan2015 (20166)
• United States
26 Jun 16
Those are so pretty, love the color of them.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
27 Jun 16
Thanks. They're hibiscus. They'll bloom all summer in spite of the heat.
• United States
26 Jun 16
Sounds like you found a good solution for your plants/flowers in container gardening. I bet those flowers are happy to be moved to the shade occasionally
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
There' fairly easy to move. The only real drawback I've seen thus far is that I have to water every day. The pots dry out fast.
@BelleStarr (36962)
• Portland, Connecticut
26 Jun 16
That really is a great idea as long as you are not going to be away for any extended period.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
We are, but our son only lives two miles away. He'll be over every day to collect the mail, feed the cat, and water my plants.
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@DianneN (74224)
• United States
26 Jun 16
Sounds ideal!
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
It has worked out well.
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@Lucky15 (33429)
• Philippines
26 Jun 16
Nice idea. Definitely saved them from the heat of the sun ;)
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@marlina (71240)
• Canada
26 Jun 16
Smart thinking!
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@toniganzon (48524)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
I don't live in a country with four seasons. I guess having the plants in a pot is way much wiser so you could easily move them. My friend in England has his own green house.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
I would love to have a green house. One day, maybe...
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@toniganzon (48524)
• Philippines
29 Jun 16
@BettyB oh you will have that.
@jaboUK (53408)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 16
That's such a good idea to have them in containers, given your circumstances and climate.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
It's worked out well. I'll add to it next spring.
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@LoriAMoore (4853)
• United States
26 Jun 16
I hadn't heard of container gardening.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
Rather than plant my flowers and shrubs in the ground, I mulched the ground and put the plants in large flower pots. It cuts down on the weeding and keeps plants that tend to take over contained.
@silvermist (19802)
• India
26 Jun 16
@BettyB I think you have planned it well.Those flowers are beautiful.They look a bit different from the ones we have here.
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@sj3011 (631)
26 Jun 16
Do you really thinks it will work out.?if it will it will be nice idea.
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@sofssu (14488)
28 Jun 16
I have a container garden.. I live in the city where land is scarce. Most of my plants are in my balconies and on my terrace. I love container gardening That way I can still have a garden in a concrete jungle.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
When we lived in an apartment my balcony was filled with plants. I love digging in the dirt. That's something I'm not willing to give up.
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@sofssu (14488)
28 Jun 16
@BettyB That is a luxury for me,.. I wish I could do that someday soon.
• United States
27 Jun 16
i've come to embrace container gardenin' myself, fer the same benefits. dependin' 'n the season's to where they "live". gorgeous hibiscus! mine spend the winter indoors, where they bloom sporadically throughout the season.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
I will probably bring one or two of the hibiscus into the house this fall. They can stay outside but I like to have blooming flowers in the house.
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• United States
28 Jun 16
@BettyB our winters're most unpredictable here'n the frost'd take these. yepperz, brings a smile to one's face to be greeted by new blossoms'n the morn :)
@ida123 (6267)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Jun 16
That's what we did to our plants who don't like to be exposed more of sun, we have to bring them to shady area or some plants that needs too much sun, we have to put them also outside.
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@BettyB (4221)
• Summerville, South Carolina
28 Jun 16
The nice thing about container gardening is that the plants can be moved depending on the weather.
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@ida123 (6267)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Jun 16
@BettyB Yes and very accessible in transferring and moving the plants.