Brighten a Dull Space With a Container Garden

From patios to balconies, use these tips to easily add color and interest to any space with a container garden.

By: Jaclyn Peppertree and Paul Peppertree

Container gardens can produce an earthy refuge beside a hurried urban street, on rooftops or on balconies. You will be able to easily enhance the hospitable appearance of a patio, porch or deck with multicolored flower pots full of annuals or fill up your window boxes with attractive bush roses or colorful little perennials. Whether you arrange your flower pots in a group for a collected setup or spotlight a smaller space with an individual plant, you will be thrilled with this easy way to make a garden.

Container gardening enables you to easily change the color theme and when each individual plant stops blooming, it can be substituted with a different one. Whether you decide to match or mismatch your plants, make certain you select plants of different heights. Consider, as well, the pattern of the foliage. Long foliage will create a sound erect setting to lower growing, wider leaf plants. Select plants with an extended blooming season or choose others with shorter blooming cycles and substitute them as they cease flowering.

Be creative with the pots. You may have an older porcelain bowl you'll be able to utilize or possibly you could build something truly innovative with lumber or tiles. If you choose to purchase your pots, terra-cotta pots are a good choice but are inclined to soak up water. You do not want your plants to parch. Paint the insides of your containers with a primary sealant.

Bargain plastic garden containers can be painted on the exterior for a better appearance. When you buy garden containers, also purchase the corresponding saucers. The saucers will capture seepage and keep concrete flooring from becoming blemished or wood flooring from rotting.

Always add a high quality potting mixture to your pots. This will guarantee the fullest growth potential from your plants.

If you have steps heading up to your front entrance, a beautiful potted plant beside each step will add a lovely appearance. Inside, flowers or potted plants serve to produce an informal and hospitable ambiance.

Determine beforehand where you want your garden containers to be placed and then purchase plants that accommodate the spot. There's no reason to buy a sun-loving plant for a shady location. They will not grow healthy. Plants that grow long roots aren't best suited for a container garden.

If you have enough space at your front entrance, a group of containers on one side will be much more visually attractive than two of the same located on each side. Unless they're outstanding, they'll appear rather dull. Arrange the containers in odd groups instead of even ones. To connect the group, add big stones that are related in appearance and somewhat diverse in size. Three, five or seven containers of similar styles and colors but in dissimilar sizes are pleasing to the eye.

With your own fertile imagination and some direction, you'll quickly create a container garden that will appeal to friends and casual visitors alike.

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