T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Severe weather and extreme temperature changes can wreak havoc on a garden. Erica Finch, associate manager at Isle of Green Garden Center in Marshalltown, offers tips on how to protect plants and flowers against such threats.
Summer in Central Iowa can bring extremely hot days, chilly evenings and severe weather including hail, lightning, floods and droughts. Erica Finch, associate manager at Isle of Green Garden Center in Marshalltown, offers some tips in safeguarding your plants this season.
“Plants stop growing in extreme heat. They don’t like it,” Finch said.
She noted how most pansies are done growing now, as they don’t like heat. She recommends substituting these flowers in your pots and flower beds with petunias, vinca, snapdragons and dianthus.
When temperatures start to climb into the 90s and beyond, plants are…