Container gardens add life and color to decks, porches, patios and dull corners in the yard. You can use container gardens for shrubs and flowers, and also for herbs, vegetables and small fruit trees. There are so many different types of planters and flower boxes; you can create container gardens in a myriad of styles.
What to Plant in Container Gardens
Flowers and shrubs always look good in container gardens, but if you like the idea of an indoor garden, consider establishing container gardens for your favorite herbs and vegetables – perfect for kitchen areas!
Plant stands, hanging baskets, and floor planters are ideal for container gardens. Biodegradable coco-lined varieties add a natural aesthetic and eco-friendly touch.
Whatever you plant in them, container gardens are so attractive they will find a home in any outdoor space, from the patio or porch, to decks and even areas within your garden.
You can plant flowering perennials and shrubs in container gardens, but annuals can be even more colorful, particularly in multi-purpose planters. You can choose a color-scheme for flower-filled container gardens or mix different colors of one species, pansies or petunias, for example.
Herbs that do particularly well in container gardens include parsley, chervil, oregano and thyme. If the climate is right, include planters with miniature citrus trees and other small trees for a height effect.
The Best Time for Container Planting
Generally the best time to plant anything is early spring, and container planting is no exception. This is also the best time to repot plants that have become root bound because of container planting.
However, spring isn’t the only time for container planting. Many seeds may be sown from spring until late summer, and herbs are perfect for container planting in winter and colder months.
Since container planting is versatile, you can move the containers indoors and germinate seeds and cultivate seedlings in any season using grow lights, or a room with plenty of sunlight.
Remember when container planting to utilize coco-lined varieties of plant stands, hanging baskets, and floor planters for an organic look.
Container planting of bulbs can be particularly rewarding and if planted in pots indoors in late winter, will produce a colorful spring display.
Container planting has other benefits too, in particular enabling you to mix plants that like different soil types and have different water needs, in containers adjacent to one another.
Container planting may also be used to introduce style, with coco-lined stake planters or traditional metal plant stands. Better still, container planting is the easiest way to reinforce a color scheme, or simply add color to a patio or deck.
Plant Care for Container Gardens
There are so many different plants and flowers you can grow in containers, and plant care procedures are equally varied. Here are some tips relating to a range of popular plants to help you with your container gardening plant care.
- Aloes like full sun and plant care is required mostly in summer when they should be fed occasionally and watered twice weekly. Water sparingly in winter.
- Petunias are popular low-lying annuals that bloom all summer. Plant care is minimal, but they do grow best in full sunlight.
- Take into consideration the type of plant container you are using when practicing plant care.
- Plant care for biodegradable coco-lined planters will need to be watered more often depending on the amount of sun exposure.
- Asparagus plants, often incorrectly called ferns, like good light but not direct sun. Plant care includes occasional misting with water and feeding from spring to early autumn.
- Begonias, grown for their mass of tiny flowers, like good light and prefer high humidity. Plant care includes frequent watering when they are in flower.
- Capsicum annum, grown for its colorful fruits, needs its leaves misted often. Plant care includes frequent watering.
- Chrysanthemums flower all year round and they are undemanding in terms of plant care. Keep the soil moist at all times.
- Fuchsias make lovely patio and deck plants although they should not stand in direct sunlight. They like humidity, so plant care includes misting leaves. Prune heavily in early spring.
- Hyacinthus is a bulbous plant grown for winter flowers. It is a short-term houseplant and needs little plant care.
- Impatiens need good indirect light and loads of water. Plant care includes regular cutting back.
- Yucca species need light and will tolerate dry air. Plant care is limited to watering and feeding.
Tips for a Colorful Container Flower Garden
A container flower garden can be quite colorful and beautiful, whether it’s on a porch under cover or on an open patio. The trick is to choose flowers for a container flower garden that will thrive in planters, hanging baskets, and flower boxes.
- When you choose plants for a container flower garden check that the conditions and position you plan for each plant is suitable.
- Annual flowers add instant color to a container flower garden, but remember that you will have to replace them regularly.
- Most flowering plants in a container flower garden, including primulas, violas and petunias, need to be watered carefully. Allow the surface of the soil in your container flower garden to dry out before you water again. If using coco liners for your container flower garden, remember to check plants water needs daily.
- Most foliage plants, grown alongside flowers in a container flower garden for their leaves and deep green color, like to be watered often, so the soil is perpetually moist (not wet).
- Misting plants in your container flower garden will increase the humidity. But don’t mist those that are positioned in direct sunlight, which can result in leaf burn.
- Organize your container flower garden by placing several different species of the same color together for effect, or choose one species in two or three colors for contrast.