Skip to content

As the Desert Heats Up – Care for Your Hot Pots in May

May Container Garden Care for Hot Pots in Dry Climates

The keyword this month is Mindfulness. It’s imperative to stay in touch with your garden. Monitor all plants as the Desert heats up, especially your newly planted gardens in the hot pots.
Also pay attention to your watering system; irrigation or human. 😉

I hope you stay in touch with me!

Feel free to send me your questions.

Put this Checklist on your refrigerator so you do not forget!

Happy Potting!


Coming Up Next!

Stay Tuned as I send out other tips this month for your summer pots. Receive your copy of Marylee’s Monthly Potted Garden News in your inbox One Week from Today by signing up below.

Sign up now!

Free Desert Container Garden Tips. Download Today and Get Monthly Updates! FREE

We protect your PRIVACY


  1. Joan Murray on at

    My current project is to plant succulents in cinder blocks. They will be planted about 7-10″ deep in each hole of the block. There are about 4-5 blocks stacked in a design that allows for planting of about 10 succulents. This ‘design’ faces the North but gets am sun, then full sun from the west. My question is this: should I design some kind of irrigation ahead of planting or would ‘hand’ watering be sufficient in the hot summer months. I live in Palm Springs & have your book….love it! Thank you.

    • Hi Joan! Great question. The answer is no – do not hook up irrigation to this succulent garden unless it is on its own timer. However, why go through the effort of doing so when hand watering will suffice. Succulents should not be kept constantly wet. Just when they show as dry on a water meter, they need water. And if it rains in Palm Springs, they need to be checked again. (Note that I said ‘if’!!
      Depending on what kinds of succulents you plant will dictate their watering needs. You want to ere on the side of too dry rather than too wet.
      If they are tender succulents like might grow in a California coast garden, they may need some shade protection when the sun gets summer intense. One year I was in Palm Springs in August and the temps were over 90 at 5am.
      Share some pictures!!

      • Joan Murray on at

        Thanks for your reply. I have decided not to go with succulents. My heart was kind of moving me in that direction but when I went to the nursery to buy the succulents the owner 100% advised me against them considering my project. He said the only place succulents really grow well is on the coast. “They are drought tolerant but not heat tolerant”. So I’m going with vinca, celosia, portuluca, salvia, all with individual irrigation. I think this is the right decision since we try not to be here in July/August & wouldn’t be able to hand water. Perhaps in the fall I will plant succulents. Thanks again.

  2. Leslie Kanberg on at

    I have some established cactus in pots. Is it safe &/or better to plant them in the ground now? Or better to keep them in shade till October & do so then? Thx!

    • Hi Leslie! Well – that depends. Are the cactus currently in full sun? Will they be planted into full sun in the ground?
      It would be safer to wait until early October. Make sure the plant is facing in the same direction that is is now if in the sun. Mark the pot with the south side and plant it the same way.
      Good luck and thanks for asking!

  3. Nancy on at

    What potted flowers can withstand full and strong afternoon sun in the low desert?

    • Hi Nancy! I get this asked a lot and the answers are all in my book, “Getting Potted in the Desert.”
      Now that my commercial is over 🙂 , the strongest annuals are probably Vinca and Summer Snapdragons (Angelonia). There are also plants that are classified as perennials but we often use them as annuals such as Salvia, Gallardia – specifically Mexican Blanket, and Gazania. There are definitely more options but check my book or the local nursery for their recommendations. Let me know how it goes!

Leave a Comment