Answer: The last two years have been unusually dry ones and that is always very stressful to container plants. You might try using one of the water holding polymers mixed into the potting soil and see if that helps. Some colorful plants I have found to work well in "hot" location planters are the vincas and specialty verbenas as well as the "Profusion" zinnias and just about any type of annual salvia. These are available through Burpee (1-800-888-1447 or http://www.burpee.com).
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