Container Gardening Tips for Newbies

Container gardens are great for creating a garden anywhere even on decks along rooftops or on balconies.
You can easily accent your deck or patio with colourful pots of annuals. Or you can fill your window boxes with beautiful shrub roses or any number of small perennials. You can even create a natural sanctuary along a busy city street just by using containers full of small shrubs or trees.

 Container Gardening Tips You’ll be delighted with this simple way to create a garden whether you arrange your pots in a group for a massed effect or highlight a smaller space with a single specimen.

Container gardening also enables you to easily vary your color scheme depending on your mood or for a special occasion. You can choose to harmonize or contrast your colors but they need to work together. One thing is for sure you need to make sure there is variety in the heights of the plants. It is also good to think about the shape and texture of the leaves. Tall strap-like leaves will give you a good vertical background to lower growing, wide-leaved plants. Choose plants with a long flowering season so you will have color throughout the summer. Also be ready to replace any that finish blooming or are getting long and straggly looking.

 Container Gardening Tips Experiment with different containers . You might have an old porcelain bowl or copper urn you can use, or perhaps you’d rather make something unique with wood or cement. If you decide to buy your containers, terracotta pots look wonderful, but tend to absorb water. If you don’t want your plants to dry out, paint the interior of the pots with a special sealer available from hardware stores.

You could also buy cheaper plastic pots and then paint the outside with water-based paints to give them the effect you want. It is always best when purchasing pots, to buy matching saucers to catch the drips. This will keep more moisture in your pot, save your cement floors from getting stained, or your wood decks from rotting.

To ensure the best performance possible from your plants you should always use a good quality potting mix in your containers .

 Container Gardening Tips Positioning your pots well will really make a difference. Try placing some on the steps leading up to your front door. An attractive pot plant on each step will delight your visitors. If you have plenty of space at your front door, try a group of potted plants off to one side. This is more visually appealing than two similar plants placed each side. Try grouping the pots in odd numbers rather than even, and vary the height and type. Three or five pots of the same type and color, but in different sizes also look attractive.

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.

With a creative mind and some determination, you will soon have a container garden that will be the envy of friends and strangers alike.

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4 Responses to “Container Gardening Tips for Newbies”

  1. motocikl Says:

    Such an enjoyable read, and fantastic comment

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    great post, I adore my garden

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