Summer has unofficially started; at least it has here in the USA. Memorial Day signals the beginning of a season where we wear more white, barbecue with friends and kick back with a great book to read.
We can make our outdoor time more pleasurable by creating colorful container gardens. The 'jewelry of your home' these pots of floral wonder add joy to our patios, create a meditation focus by our pools, or great us with good cheer by our front doors.
Creating a gorgeous container garden is simple if you follow a few simple guidelines.
The most important thing to consider when choosing plants for a container garden is the amount of light your mini garden will get during the day. Full sun, morning sun, afternoon sun or shade. Plants often come with tags describing the best light conditions. If you need more help, consider visiting a local, independent garden center where you are more likely to find knowledgeable people to help you.
Consider plants with different traits and textures. Use upright plants in the center of the container if you will see the pot from all sides or place them in the back of the pot if it will be placed against a wall. Mounding plants go nicely around the upright plants and trailing plants will cascade over the edge of the planter. While flowers are fabulous, mixing in non-flowering plants can add unique flair.
Use fresh, good soil. Think of the soil as the plants nourishment. Just like us, bad food in, bad performance out.
Relax while choosing the plants you want to use. Let your intuition guide you. What plants do you feel drawn to?
Water. Depending on what plants you choose and the light they will be in, they may need to be watered daily or every few days. Be sure your container has a hole in the bottom for draining. If plants are left to sit in a puddle the roots will rot and the plants will die.
Check out my how to youtube video to learn more:
Have questions? Feel free to post them below.
6/7/2017 03:14:29 pm
Thanks for walking us through this, and making it do-able. I love the idea of a theme for the container, and using intuition in choosing the flowers to include. Very helpful!
2/14/2021 09:00:09 pm
“Do all of it and have fun.” That works for me! My pots are as varied as the plants they contain. My favorite look for this year is putting a flower pot on a birdbath!
3/31/2021 06:25:53 am
Thank you for sharing these lovely container ideas. They are both beautiful and inspirational. Some of my most beautiful creations are things that are left over, and put in unusual or extra containers.
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