PROTECTING NEW PLANTS FROM WILTING IN THE SUN

I have a new home and have just planted a number of perennial beds and shrub berms, all with small plants. We have an in-ground irrigation system, but even so, these new small plants seem to be "cooking" in the mid-day sun. Is there a way to protect them from too much heat until their roots begin to branch out into the surrounding soils / I'm afraid I may lose many of them. Help!
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi,

Thanks for writing. You can make a ""tent"" out of an old bedsheet or other material that will let some light through but filter out the hot sun to temporarily protect your plants. (I've done this to help transplants get through bouts of really hot weather.)

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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