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Refreshing and Replanting Summer Containers in the West

Michael Nolan
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Container Planting

Has the summer heat begun to take its toll on your container gardens?

If the spring color in your container plantings is beginning to fade, that’s just Mother Nature giving you a gentle nudge to remind you that it is the perfect time to give your container gardens some R&R. Refreshing and replanting your containers will breathe new life into your porch, deck, or patio area at a fraction of the cost of a complete landscape makeover. Even better, you can change out your summer containers in just a few whenever the mood strikes!

The most important thing to bear in mind when selecting plants for your summer containers is what will not only survive but thrive in your area. Not all summer plants are created equal and not all of them are going to be the best choice for where you live. You can trust that the plant selections at your local Home Depot Garden Center are there because they have been tested and proven to do well in your region.

Worried about your containers drying out too quickly between waterings? Why not add a moisture control potting mix to the container before you replant? They are designed to hold on to water and release it as it is needed. Your plants will thank you!

Here are a few tried-and-true container planting options for the west:


  • Agave
  • Angelonia
  • Lantana
  • Portulaca
  • Zinnia

For more tips on refreshing and replanting your summer containers, check out The Perfect Summer Container Garden Recipe.


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