Hello all! Here in the Metroplex, it seems that we have the horrendous heat in our rear view mirror! I was so afraid that my Hydrangeas wouldn't make it, but they seem to be well on their way to recovery!
I have an Endless Summer in the ground that is a bit of a scraggly mess - during a couple of those 100+ stretches, I nearly lost her - I kept telling my husband that I just had to keep her alive until the heat waves ended. Since the 100/high 90's temperatures stopped, she has thrown a few new buds and looks like I'll get a few pretty flowers before winter hits.
I also have 2 Forever & Ever Peppermints growing in a shaded spot in a half whiskey barrel that seem happy as can be.
In a moment of weakness, I picked up 2 small, 1 gallon Endless Summer Originals from a Home Depot a couple months ago. I've kept them in their original containers, as I didn't want to chance putting them in ground and them burning up from the heat. The plan is to add them to the flowerbed somewhere around the ES already established. My question is this: should I put them into a large container to keep shielded inside for the winter, and plant them in ground next spring? Would it be okay to plant them within the next month or so? It's next to impossible to predict what our Texas winter will be like.
My husband has also given in (finally!) and agreed to help me plant a couple Limelights out front - any thoughts as to placement? The ES that will be planted take up most of the room in the bright shade I have...will Limelight tolerate part sun with the blast furnace heat?
Thanks so much for always being so helpful!!!