Nothing says “home sweet home” like planters overflowing with gorgeous summer flowers. Whether you’re putting your house on the market or just want to make your entryway more welcoming, flowers add instant impact—plus, they attract and support pollinator populations such as butterflies and hummingbirds. From marigolds to lilies to begonias, you can plant flowers in beds or along walkways to the front door, or add a charming cottage feel with window boxes or hanging baskets. Planters that flank your doorway lend a more traditional flair.
When choosing which flowers to plant, pay attention to the amount of sunlight the area gets so you can pick blooms best suited to your conditions. Full sun means at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, while full shade means no direct sunlight or only a teeny bit of morning sun. And when it comes to containers, make sure they have drainage holes because no plant likes to stay soggy. Also, containers made from porous materials, such as terra cotta or ceramic, allow water to evaporate more quickly than materials such as plastic. Regardless of the type of container you choose, you’ll want to check pots daily during the hottest days of summer. One more thing: Containers, window boxes, and baskets should be fertilized regularly because regular watering causes nutrients to leach out.
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