Container Gardening - Annuals - Flexible Fast and Easy to do
is your ticket to great blooming annuals. Most annuals are
easy care plants, quick growing, and fast to bloom. They readily adapt to
container life if provided with enough space, enough sun and enough water
(with adequate drainage, of course!).
Use autumn as a time to get a head start on next season’s annuals’ container gardening.
Deciding on your annuals container garden concept, seeds, and plants in advance helps you find the pots and containers that will complete your container garden design.
Flowers - Herbs - Vegetables or Fruits take your pick
Start you container garden by determining your goal. Are you gardening simply for the aesthetics of color and style or do you have some practical needs?
-porous pots like terra cotta or clay
-no-porous pots made of plastic, ceramic or metal
Next choose your containers and pots, first considering the needs of the annual plants you’ve chosen for your (flower) garden. Some plants need to breathe and require porous containers such as terra cotta, clay, or wood, while others will thrive in plastic, glass, ceramic or metal containers.
How large will your plants become? Will you plant several plants in one large pot or plant your annuals each in separate pots?
For instance, shallow rooted plants, like strawberry cultivars, may do well in a low pot, but need more width for roots to fan out. Although they produce well in containers, they are not aggressive plants and won’t thrive if forced to compete for nutrients and water.
Growing your own tomatoes is always fun and you save some money on the side.
On the other hand, you can easily grow an ornamental pepper with a small variety of tomato, like Roma or the Cherry Tomato, trellised behind it. A grouping of spikes adds extra greenery and a focal point to a cheerful pot of petunias or pansies.
In fact, some annuals for
container gardening will do best if planted in groups of two or more.
However, be sure to choose plants with similar characteristics and needs
occupy a community pot. And how about a
hanging strawberry in your kitchen?
Will your container garden be stationery or will you easily be able to move your plants? Will your garden be confined to one area or will you place several pots in different areas? Those are the questions you have to ask yourself to make a good container garden design.
When you’re ready to plant annuals in your containers, use only quality potting soils or soil-less potting mixtures purchased from a reputable nursery. Such potting mediums are lighter weight for better drainage than regular garden soil.
They are also weed and disease free; many are pre-packed with enough nutrients to get you annuals off to a good start.