One of the best ways to make your outdoor living space look inviting and lush is by adding beautiful, colorful flowers and plants. Not to mention the curb appeal they add to a house for sale! Container gardening is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this goal. You don’t have to have a green thumb, you just need a container, plants or flowers, and some creativity. We have a few tips to help you get started.
- Pick a Pot
Most plants aren’t going to care about what type of pot you choose, they just need enough space to stretch, spread their roots, and access to drainage holes. You can go with a traditional style pot or get as whimsy as you would like by repurposing an old household item. Try to choose a bigger pot than you think you will need. Smaller pots hold less soil and will dry out faster, so with a bigger pot you won’t have to water as frequently. If your pot does not already have drainage holes, you will need to drill some holes that are at least ½ inch wide on the bottom; smaller holes might clog with soil and prevent the water from draining. If you are going to eventually move your container, make sure that you don’t get a pot that is too heavy to transfer, they can get extra heavy once you add the soil and plants.
- Choose the Right Soil and the Perfect Plants
You are going to want to fill your containers with a quality potting soil to ensure that your plants get the best start and the most nutrients to help them grow and produce beautiful blooms and flowers. When choosing the plants for your pot, think of “thriller, spiller, and filler”. A “thriller” is the taller plant in the middle that will add the attention by grabbing height and drama, so choose one that has a wow factor. Next, you will need a few “fillers”. These plants need to be shorter than the “thriller”, add some color to the arrangement, and fill in the spaces to make it look full. The “spillers” are plants that will spill over or cascade down the container. So, try to find plants that will add this lush affect to your pots. If the container is going to be seen from all directions, make sure to get enough “spillers” to go all the way around.
- Water and Feed
Container plants require more frequent watering than those growing directly in the garden. One tip to remember is to not wait until plants look like they are in stress to water them. During hot, sunny days you’ll want to water everyday. This is especially important for hanging baskets that dry out faster! Water in the morning whenever possible, as this will help prevent fungal diseases. Most quality potting soils have slow release fertilizer already mixed in, but it is a good idea to add supplemental fertilizer three to four times a week to help plants stay healthy.
Container gardening can be a fun and gratifying way to show off beautiful plants and flowers. They add exciting colors and textures to boring spaces, and spruce up your curb appeal! Do you like to garden? If you have made your own container masterpieces, we would love to see them, leave us a picture in the comments! Happy gardening!