Flowerpots can be the solution to several problems for gardeners.
Plants like this Moon Flower or Datura (Datura Wrightii Regel) could not take the full force of the sun that blasts most of my yard. It’s also known as Jimsonweed, Angel Trumpet, and Sacred Thorn Apple. The species name honors Charles Wright who collected plants in Texas, Cuba, and his native Connecticut in the mid to late 1800s.
This semi-shady spot also addresses other issues. Since I’m not sure Moon Flower can handle a freeze, being portable means it can go into a shed for the winter.
Another plant that needs shade or filtered shade is this Umbrella Plant (Cyperus alternifolius). This came from a friend who gave me one umbrella top with a short stem. The instructions were to place the top upside down in a jar of water. When it rooted, it could be planted it in soil. Weird way to root a plant, but it worked.
Under this tree has also become sort of a plant refuge or hospital station. Whenever a plant needs to recover, it goes here. The Black and Blue Salvia (Salvia guaranitica) came from a sale at a regional garden club meeting. I didn’t know the seller and couldn’t ask questions. As it turns out, not all salvia can survive our sun. When it began looking sickly, I moved here it, where it has done very well.
Another helpful use for containers is when you buy a plant but don’t have a place to put it in the ground. The White Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) will probably stay in a pot and be carried inside during the winter. The dark foliage Crape Myrtle will eventually go in the ground.
Notice that there are all kinds of pots. Some people like all their pots to be alike or at least the same color. I just enjoy variety in plants and pots.
Sometimes, pots are testing grounds to see how a plant will do. It can easily be moved to find the perfect conditions it needs. So far, this Bamboo Muhley (Muhlenbergia dumosa) seems happy on a porch where it gets morning sun and afternoon semi-shade.
Behind it is Elkhorn (Euphorbia Lactea Forma Cristata) and an Echeveria hybrid (Echeveria ‘Blue Curls’) that are destined for the green house again this winter.
Since we carry so many pots inside for the winter, we no longer use heavy ones. Although I do love the look of expensive large ceramic pots, that just isn’t feasible.The light weight plastic ones have come a long way in performance and looks.
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