Planting suggestions for troughs in difficult areas
South Bohemia, Czech Republic
After a winter absence in the UK I have now arrived back in the Czech Republic and can start gardening again!
I am looking for a bit of collective wisdom please - I have two large granite troughs which cannot be moved and sadly I chose their position badly. One gets almost no rain on it at all and at the moment has some feeble small conifers in it, together with some heather which dies off when I am away for six months in the winter. I really need to replant it but have no idea what to put in it. If I am around to water it, that's fine, but I go away for several days at a time in the very hot weather and that is bad news.
The second trough gets no rain at all; I usually have pelargoniums in it which seem to do ok with a bit of neglect. At the moment it's empty and I don't really want to replant with pelargoniums.
Both troughs only get the late afternoon sun.
I also need to plant up some large containers for an area in full sun that I tend not to water as it's outside the gate - am I right in thinking that pelargoniums will work there even if they are reliant on rainfall only?
Or any other suggestions? Nice to be back by the way :-)
- 9 May, 2011