Container gardening is an outdoor living solution you can enjoy with minimal maintenance. By following a few common-sense steps and mixing in some design fun, beautiful blooms, a bit of green and even a vegetable or two can adorn any outdoor room. Container gardens can also be moved with the seasons from outside in, to deliver beauty year-round. Here’s where to begin your container gardening:
The Space and the Place: Container gardens are great for any space, whether serving as key focal points in a large yard or dressing up a small seating area. For the best, most predictably low-maintenance results, assess the spaces and places where you’d like your container gardens need to be. That means tracking the typical pattern of sun and shade throughout the day, which impacts selection of plants and container materials, and looking to the surrounding plantings to determine colors and textures that will add either the pop or subtlety you desire. Also consider the container size that’s appropriate for the space: scale can vary, but your selection should fall in the plant-friendly zone of 15 to 120 quarts in capacity.
Plan Plantings: Container gardening is a great way to experiment with garden design, and pretty much anything goes when it comes to mixing colors and textures. Just make sure all of the plants you plan to place together have similar sun, shade and watering needs, and test out different combinations either on paper before you shop or in the midst of garden glory at the nursery. You can also build in variety by mixing perennials with annuals, substituting new versions of the latter as each season begins.