New Container Garden Ideas - Get Creative And Playfull
Indoor Gardens as sanctuary in a busy city
If you live in a high-rise unit or flat with no yard, but would still like to
get close to Mother Nature, container gardening is the way to go.
gardens can create a natural sanctuary in a busy city street, along rooftops or
Pots that enhance your Patio or Deck
You can accentuate the welcoming look of a deck or patio with
colorful pots of annuals, or fill window boxes with beautiful shrub roses,
azaleas, camellias, or any number of small perennials or annuals.
arrange your pots in a group for massed effect or highlight a smaller space with
a single specimen, you’ll be delighted with this simple way to create a garden.
A friendly driveway
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.
A glassed in patio or veranda makes an
ideal place to grow those hot-house type flowers that seem to wither and die in
the garden, while a window that lets light filter in through a blind is the
ideal place for African violets.
Experiment with creative containers. You might have an old porcelain bowl or
copper urn you can use, or perhaps you’d rather make something really modern
with timber or tiles. If you decide to buy your containers ready-made,
terracotta pots look wonderful, but tend to absorb water.
You don’t want your
plants to dry out, so paint the interior of these pots with a special sealer
available from hardware stores. The other disadvantage of terracotta is its
weight, but using a strong pot-stand with wheels can solve this dilemma.
Painting your pots
Cheaper plastic pots can also be painted on the outside with water-based paints
for good effect. When you are purchasing pots, don’t forget to buy matching
saucers to catch the drips. This will save cement floors getting stained, or
timber floors rotting.
If you don’t plan on painting these pots, choose the
lighter colored ones. Black absorbs heat that makes the roots too hot in the
summer months. Painting cheap pots extends their life admirably. Don’t forget to
also paint the top, inside part down to about 5 cm or the level that the soil
will come to.
Always use a good quality potting mix in your containers. This will ensure the
best performance possible from your plants. Read the label of the potting mix
and if it does not contain fertilizer, add whichever type suits your plants. If
you water regularly with a weak solution of liquid fertilizer, your plants will
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