Outdoor container gardening turns small dead spaces into bursts of robust color and vitality. Planter boxes, wooden barrels, hanging baskets and flowerpots are some of the traditional containers used for container gardens, but your options in choosing pots are limited only by your imagination.
Answer these questions to begin a good container garden plan.
Start designing your container garden by determining your goal.
Are you gardening simply for the aesthetics of color and style or do you have some practical needs? Although you'll want a healthy, attractive container garden, your main goal may be to showcase an ornate pot spilling over with greenery. Alternatively, your goal may be just to conceal the weatherworn post that holds your mailbox.
Choose a focal point to help you decide on a mixture of plants and visualize the overall look you want to achieve.
Consider plant size just as carefully as you consider the size of the area your pots will occupy in your garden spot. How big will your plants grow?
As well as the height and width of your plants above ground, also consider their root requirements. For instance, a short pot compliments a low-growing strawberry plant, but because its shallow roots fan out in a circle, the strawberry needs a wide space to produce its best in both bloom and fruit. In addition, strawberries are not assertive plants and won't compete for water or nutrients when placed in a container with aggressive neighbors.
Some plants make wonderful pot-mates, letting your garden space reach its maximum plant potential!
The major consideration in choosing plants for a mixed container garden is to choose those that have similar characteristics and needs.
Find the plants you need in our plants a-z section