by laura janning

How To Add Color To A Hot Summer Garden

August 2, 2012

Man Oh Man is it Hot! Driving back from Dallas last weekend I actually saw a few crayons on the ground at a gas station that had melted. That's hot! 
Living in Georgia I have become more familiar with the term HOTLANTA especially these last few weeks. Although my garden has not lacked water ( luckily I am on a well and not faced with water restrictions) it does lack color. It usually does this time of the year with the heat.
 I wanted to share a fun and quick way to add a pop of color to your hot, hopefully still green and really sorry if it's now a brown garden.
I took my metal bicycle planter that usually gets around the garden and yard quite a bit, and sprayed it a fun Spa Blue color.
I added a basket with a bunch of Brown Eyed Susan's, which is the only burst of color that I have around right now that grows extremely well in dry, hot conditions 
I put the flowers in a container filled with water inside the basket and can have color from the bunch for a couple of days. When they die down I go here and pick more. This plant actually likes to be cut so more flowers will pop up.
Attached to the back is a picnic basket that most likely won't be utilized until the temps cool down a bit, but looked cute on the back of the bike.
So there's my solution for a pop of color. 
What things do you do to add color to your garden this time of the year?

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  1. This is so cute! I love love love the color!

    Take care,


  2. Like the bike. The girls and I actually made a cinder block wall for a planter and painted it red 2 years ago..

  3. the color blue is sooo cooling great for such hot weather

  4. This is just precious! Love the cooling blue, we certainly need it this summer. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I don't do gardens, but I sure do enjoy everyone else's. Love the turquoise bike. I have been looking for an old one to put against an old tree in my back yard. Was considering painting it black and putting in some red geraniums (GA girl, I am), but I may have changed my mind! Love this color!

  6. Love this idea!! We too have been experiencing extreme heat!! HHL

  7. I am so tired of this extreme heat. Your colorful bike looks very cool. (Get it? hehehe)

  8. I love it!!...My neighbor has a similar bike in her yard, but hers is white...I need to show her how great yours looks!!....Love the color and it looks so wonderful in your yard! I also love the black eyed susans in the summer...looks fantastic in the basket...!

  9. Love your bike with flowers! That blue color really adds alot to the garden. Thank you for sharing.

  10. what is not to love in your bike planter? Everything you out in/on it is so incredible, I'd sure love to have all of it. Good job.

  11. Cute, Laura!! The color reminds me of my blue chair on the porch -- suppose I could move THAT to the garden! lol!
    I've got some knock out roses and lantana that are holding up really well with sporadic watering... check with me in another week or so, though!
    xo Heidi

  12. I absolutely love this blue bike! It is totally amazing. I have an old dresser planter in my yard and now I am thinking I need to paint it a fun and bright color:) If you get a sec I would be jazzed if you stopped by and linked up at my party {Get Schooled Saturday} going on right now!
    Kim @ Too Much Time

  13. That is amazing! Our garden has been stressed so much lately because of extreme heat and lack of rain. What a good idea to add color.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it and hope you will visit again soon. Kristin's blog is great!

  14. I know what you mean about this awful heat! We have some butterfly bushes and crepe myrtles blooming, but not much else. Spring was so beautiful but I knew it would be short lived. GA summers are brutal! I love your bright blue colored bike in the garden. That is so charming. Now all that's missing is the picket fence to lean it up against! Ha! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me and becoming a follower. I am now happily following you too!

  15. Beautiful. I love your bicycle planter so much.

  16. Hi Laura: Popping over from Saturday Showoff, and now following. Beautiful solution to a dreary problem..I went to one of your past posts and saw a table you painted white. I'm trying to talk hubby into painting some of our antiques, too much dark wood, so I need all the help I can get and your's turned out beautifully..Please come by and visit the Cottage. You will be most welcome..Happy Weekend..Judy

  17. It's party time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog! Please come by and link up your spaces with Making Space Mondays link party #10. I hope to see you there at www.debtfreemommyblog.blogspot.com! -Tabitha


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