Container Gardening

Container gardening can add a whole new life to an existing garden or patio. Place containers with your favorite plants in various locations and groupings around your garden or patio.

For thousands of years urns and vases have been used as sculptural elements. Overly ornate containers are probably most ornamental without adding another element such as plants. But most containers manufactured today were made to be planted, and many containers not intended for use as planters are also being planted. There are unlimited possibilities for container gardening. You have choices of color, shape, size and material of which they are made. Planters are available in wood, stone, ceramic, fiberglass, plastic, fiber, brass, iron, built-in, free-standing, sculpted, inset, painted, new, and used. Innovative containers are buckets, shoes, tires, wheelbarrows, wood stoves, trailers, etc. It is an excellent way to put plants into areas where you wouldn’t ordinarily have them, such as in the shade, over tree roots, on patios and decks, in vestibules and atria.

To get good results from the plantings, containers must have drainage. As with the rest of the garden, this is the number one consideration to make for the health of your plants. Outdoors, a drainage hole in the bottom of the container is a must.

Indoors, you can do without drainage. It is not recommended, but if you closely monitor the moisture level and use a generous layer of stone in the bottom of the container, you should be able to ensure that your plants don’t get wet feet. A good soil mix, preferably potting soil, and regular fertilizing will help your plants do their best. If you are growing plants in heavy shade, you might try a container on wheels, and rotate it periodically to more sunny locations.

Container gardening is so easy to get into and so easy to manage. And, it’s likely to be one of the most enjoyable gardening experiences you’ll have.

Get as creative with your container gardening or stay as simple as you’d like. Choose fancy containers or plain containers, try mixing different plants together, and rearrange your containers for a different look now and again.