With the UK currently experiencing its hottest July for many many years there is increased pressure on our gardens to suvive the extreme temperatures that have reached up to 33c in some areas of UK.
Lawns are really struggling in the exceptionally dry weather but it is important to remember that they will survive and come back looking green once rain eventually arrives. Please do not be tempted to waste water by using a sprinkler just to keep your green looking typically British.
Plants in containers suffer most in a hot spell, especially hanging baskets, so target them first. Water daily; twice daily for baskets – early morning and late evening to limit evaporation. Use “grey” water such as cooled washing-up water on ornamental plants; or add a handful of ice cubes to the surface of the soil for a slow-release watering. Mulch the surface of pots with stones or bark.
I have created an outside sitting room using pots filled with tropical plants and flowering lilies to compliment the current exotic temperatures in the UK. This is a great way to create interest and structure even on a small patio. Try using large leaved bananas which grow very quickly if they are regularly watered and will add a truly tropical feel to any garden.