Irrigation and Annual Plantings
WAITING ON THE RAIN
Springtime comes with the promise of rain and the addition of fresh colors in your living landscapes. Unfortunately, relying completely on natural rainfall isn't the best method of supplying water to those landscapes. If you consider the type of grass and plants in your landscape, a more constant source of water may be required, such as, the very efficient home irrigation system.
Properly Installed Irrigation System
Hand watering is no match for the effectiveness of an irrigation system. A properly installed and maintained underground sprinkler system significantly conserves water by directing it only where and when it's needed. Sprinkler systems save time and money, and assist in water conservation while promoting a lush, green landscape. Over time, an automatic sprinkler system will actually pay for itself!
Installing a home irrigation system is not the easiest do-it-yourself project, however. Planning and purchasing the correct components are extremely important and that includes understanding that this is not just a “weekend” project. It may look easy, but doing it incorrectly would be a disaster.
Consult a professional to review your design before implementing it. Because of the challenging installation, it may just be easier and more effective to hire a professional installer. Pleasant Landscapes, a reputable and experienced irrigation contractor, expertly installs and sets-up each system to run at optimal times throughout the landscape. Ask us how we can help you maintain your system too!
We service Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Charleston, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Summerville, Sullivans Island, Johns Island, James Island, West Ashley, North Charleston, Moncks Corner, Goose Creek and neighboring cities.
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Annual Plants for you to try
Now, with the soil moist, Springtime is a great time to incorporate some sturdy, cost-effective ‘annuals’ that add long lasting color and interest to any garden. Here are just a few:
Moonflowers (Ipomoea alba), aka evening glories, are fragrant annuals well-suited to South Carolina. These night-blooming annuals display buttery yellow/ivory/white funnel-shaped flowers with heart-shaped green foliage. Moonflowers, with climbing vines, thrive in full to partial sun and well-drained loam soil. These annual plants reach a climbing height of 10 to 70 feet!
Silk flower (Abelmoschus manihot), aka sunset hibiscus, is an erect annual that thrives in hot weather and displays yellow/ivory flowers and green/dark green foliage. This edible and ornamental annual plant is well-suited to South Carolina. This silk flower can tolerate very high heat but does best with added moisture. Silk flowers prefer full sun, well-drained loam or sandy soil, and grow up to a height of 15 inches.
Wishbone flowers (Torenia fournieri), aka bluewings,
are annual plants in South Carolina. Wishbone flowers are trumpet-shaped plants that display flowers in shades of pink, blue, lavender, white, yellow and bi-color combinations with green foliage. Thriving in partial sun to full shade, wishbone flowers prefer well-drained clay, loam or sandy soil, and grow to a height of 10 to 12 inches.
Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus)
are clump-forming annual flowers well-suited to South Carolina that are ideal for use as cut flowers. With their green foliage, Snapdragons display lipped flowers in white, yellow, red, purple, orange and pink that snap when squeezed. These annual plants thrive in full sun, well-drained clay, loam or sandy soil, and grow to a height of 6 to 24 inches.
Petunias are one of the most popular bedding plants in South Carolina gardens. South Carolina gardeners love petunias because of their sweet smell and beautiful, long-lasting blooms that come in many colors. Petunias should be planted in sunny places and watered frequently.
Marigolds are another summer favorite in South Carolina flower beds. Marigolds have a high tolerance for both hot sun and dry weather. Their flowers will add a pop of yellow, orange or red to brighten up the landscape. Marigolds can also be used as a natural repellent against bugs and animals that might damage your garden or flower bed.
Now, if the closest you’ve come to gardening is being a couch potato or you are completely confused and need a little help, contact Pleasant Landscapes. We’re here for you!
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