Let 'em rest

With long-term heat waving its debilitating wand over the northwest Indiana area, we can keep our plants alive, but don't expect much from them. Terms like xeriscaping, which seemed unnecessary just a couple of months ago, now jump into the forefront as we witness our needy plants wilt from dawn til dusk.

While some plants, like tomatoes, seem to be in a holding pattern, others, like lilies, are moving through their bloom cycle in a hurry. The lily here looked like its pollen grains had melted onto its lower petals.

Meanwhile, plants in containers are needy during this heat and drought wave, especially if they're in full sun. Those in shade, like the one in the Pamela Crawford double-tier side planting basket available at Kinsman Company, are more apt to weather the heat. I've had this basket on a stake for several years, and have enjoyed making new combinations each year. This year, I used a combination of sweet potato vine, wax begonias, coleus, fuchsia, Lysimachia and Impatiens.

OT Lilium 'Conca d'Or'

And finally, a plant that shrugs off the heat like a trooper yet looks like an otherworldly angel--Lilium 'Conca d'Or', an Oriental/Trumpet hybrid that's won the favorite category in the North American Lily Society two years running.

In its second year in my garden, I'd at first thought it would be a disappointment when I saw its white buds without a hint of gold. But a day later, this is what it looks like. And it has a wonderful fragrance!

Lilies are best planted in fall, so check out The Lily Garden's wonderful selection and quality.

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