Help Your Plants Thrive This Summer

by | Jul 2023

First Editions® Little Hottie® Panicle Hydrangea.

First Editions® Little Hottie® Panicle Hydrangea. Photo: First Editions® Shrubs & Trees

Minnesotans make the most of summer, and there are many weekends that Minnesotans spend at the cabin and away from the garden. Follow these two tips to make sure your plants survive those weekends away.

Keep Your Plants Hydrated

While all plants need water, it is especially important for new plantings, as watering helps establish a good root system. Before heading out for the weekend, give your plants a good soak at the base. To make things extra simple, install a drip irrigation system. This will automatically water your plants and can be used even when you’re
at home. A good soak should set your plants up for the weekend, but if you’re going to be away for longer than a few days, ask a friendly neighbor to water your plants.

Pick Plants That Will Survive the Heat

Certain plants thrive in hot summer conditions more than others. When planting new spaces, plant low maintenance varieties that thrive in the heat. Some of my favorites are Little Hottie® Panicle Hydrangea, Little Spark® Spirea and Fireside® Ninebark. Not only do these shrubs provide phenomenal multiseason interest, but they will be standing strong when you return from your weekend adventures.

Gretchen McNaughton is the communications and content specialist at Bailey Nurseries. Learn more at


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