Container gardens can create a natural sanctuary in a busy city street, along rooftops or balconies, so today, we are here with some best container gardening tips for newbies.
You can easily accentuate the welcoming look of a deck or patio with colorful pots of annuals or fill your window boxes with beautiful shrub roses or small perennials. Whether you arrange your pots in a group for a massed effect or highlight a smaller space with a single specimen, you'll be delighted with this simple way to create a garden.
Choose plants with a long flowering season
Container gardening enables you to vary your color scheme easily, and as each plant finishes flowering, you can replace it with another. Whether you choose to harmonize or contrast your colors, make sure there is variety in the height of each plant. Think also of the shape and texture of the leaves.
Tall strap-like leaves give a good vertical background to low-growing, wide-leaved plants. Choose plants with a long flowering season, or have others of a different type ready to replace them as they finish blooming.
Experiment with creative containers
Experiment with creative containers. You might have an old porcelain bowl or copper urn you can use, or perhaps you'd instead make something modern with timber or tiles. If you decide to buy your containers ready-made, terracotta pots look fabulous but tend to absorb water. You don't want your plants to dry out, so paint the interior of these pots with a unique sealer from hardware stores.
Paint plastic pots outside
You can also paint cheaper plastic pots on the outside with water-based paints for good effect. Don't forget to buy matching saucers to catch the drips when purchasing pots. It will save cement floors from getting stained or timber floors from rotting.
Always use a good quality potting mix in your containers. It will ensure the best performance possible from your plants.
Buy plants that suit the situation
If you have steps leading up to your front door, an attractive pot plant on each one will delight your visitors. Indoors, pots of plants or flowers help to create a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.
Decide ahead of time where you want your pots to be positioned, then buy plants that suit the situation. There is no point buying sun lovers for a shady position, for they will not do well. Some plants have large roots, so they are best kept in the open garden.
Group the pots in odd numbers
If you have plenty of space at your front door, a group of potted plants off to one side will be more visually appealing than two similar plants. Unless they are spectacular, they will look somewhat dull.
Group the pots in odd numbers rather than even, and vary the height and type. To tie the group together, add large rocks that are similar in appearance and slightly different in size. Three or five pots of the same style and color, but in various sizes, also look effective.
With a creative mind and some determination, you will soon have a container garden that will be the envy of friends and strangers alike.