This post is sponsored by Endless Summer ® Hydrangeas.
I have always had a love affair with hydrangeas! I love their big moppy heads that bounce in the breeze and the way cut hydrangeas grace a table in stunning style! This year we planted them in big rectangular planters on the patio. They create a charming divider between the wrap-around porch and the patio and Endless Summer hydrangeas add such a pretty softness to all the hardscaping. Today let’s take a look at planting hydrangeas in containers and an easy way to keep them watered when you are gone!
I’ve had such amazing results planting Endless Summer hydrangeas in the containers in the front of my home for several seasons so I thought I’d plant these beautiful blooms on the back patio! And this year I’m embracing the pretty-in-pink color of the Endless Summer hydrangeas! What sets these hydrangeas apart from others is their amazing ability to rebloom and produce gorgeous flowers all summer long. No wonder they are called Endless Summer! Perfect for containers!
Notice the red stems? Striking!
We planted two hydrangeas in each planter. Which turned out to be quite a bargain for a summer’s worth of gorgeous full blooms! Instead of planting annuals in your urns, pots or planters think about hydrangeas!
They were planted in the long containers with a potting soil mix and topped off with a thick of covering medium bark mulch. Then we gave them a soaking drink of water.
Our patio is the perfect place to plant hydrangeas. These hydrangeas get light morning sun and a little late afternoon sun. The image below shows our hydrangeas in the late afternoon.
I like the way the hydrangeas create a little hedge!
Hydrangeas get thirsty, especially when they are planted in containers. So I have an easy way to give them a drink of water when I am not around for a day or two!
This self-watering hack could not be easier… and so attractive!!!!!
All you really need is a wine bottle filled with water. But why not turn the wine bottle into a piece of art for your summer containers!
Here’s how to make a WINE BOTTLE WATERING STAKE!
- wine bottle
- assorted colored glass pebbles (the kind that goes in the bottom of vases)
- silicone glass glue
Clean out an empty wine bottle and soak off the label. Let the wine bottle completely dry. Drop a little glue onto a glass pebble and stick it to the bottle. Work in sections fixing the glass pebbles to the wine bottle. I used a random pattern, but you can get creative and make your own!
Let the glue completely dry.
Water the planted container very well. Don’t miss this step. For the watering stake to work, it must be put into very moist soil.
Fill the watering stake with water and plunge the whole neck of the bottle down at a 45 degree into the soil close to the roots of your plant. The larger the container the more watering stakes you should use. If the water empties out of the watering stake, refill it and try again. The water should drain from the watering stake as the soil dries out and water your plant.
Now my back patio is THE place to rock the summer away in style!
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