shade idea for small plants

monicatx(z8 TX)August 7, 2011

This is very simple, but with this sun and heat I am even starting to lose geraniums. Yesterday I noticed that one plant in full sun looked fine -- and it has partial shade from a little wind spinner. So last evening I moved my spinners & garden ornaments to shade other plants. I may even buy more at Dollar Tree then throw them away when this heat slows down.

In March I put a huge potted gardenia in back of thin bamboo thinking it would die in the full afternoon summer sun. It loves where it is. Slight shade seems the answer this year.

I posted this on Southern gardens but apparently no one visits that site anymore.

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Yes, shade does help a lot!
When I see something worth trying to save at this point, if its small enough I go put a small plastic patio table over it or bedside it to shade it from the afternoon sun.

It does help a lot if you do it before its too late.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 7:15PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Agree on the need for shade for plants that are struggling. It's wonderful if you can find the right size decorative items. Using those little patio tables is a good idea. Sometimes I prop shallow cardboard boxes, the kind we get at Costco, up on sticks.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 10:34PM
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rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

That's a good idea. The poor plants need shade so much that I hadn't given a lot of thought to how it looks with buckets and other misc. items propped up around the yard. I'll try to come up with more decorative ideas.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 2:20PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I saw someone sun using umbrellas perched above his small jappanese maple. He had three brightly colored umberllas perched across his yard.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 5:42PM
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