Container Gardening: Portable Prettiness

The beauty of container gardens lies not only in their contents, but also in their movability. As last week’s Container Gardening pinblog post mentioned, container gardens can add instant curb appeal to your home, whether you’re looking to sell it or not. In addition, they can be taken with you to be enjoyed at your new home! There are a few important decisions you will have to make before you begin filling your container garden with plants.

Pots – The best choice is glazed ceramic, but it is imperative that there are many drainage holes! Wooden and terracotta pots are also excellent options. A friendly reminder: when choosing your pots, aim for light colors, which will diminish the heat absorption from the hot Georgia sun. Whimsical pots such as Tiki Man Heads and feet are fun and make great conversation pieces.

Location – Do you get mostly sun or maybe some shady times during the day? Choose plants that thrive in your conditions. We can help you choose plants that will be happy in your location.

Flowers – When selecting what plants to fill your container with, there are three types of plants you grassDwFounshould look for:

Thrillers – tall dramatic plants for the center of the pot; Fountain Grass or a dwarf spruce tree work well.

impatiensFillers – flowers that will hide the dirt around your thriller, such as Geraniums, Petunias, Impatiens etc.

Spillers – trailing vines that will flow over the lip of the pot, such as Potato Vine, Scaevola, or Alyssum.alyssum

Veggies – If you’re more inclined towards a practical garden, vegetables are an excellent option. Several types of veggies that work well in a pot include herbs, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and quick growing varieties, such as beans and tomatoes. A helpful list of easy to grow vegetables can be found here.

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If you’re interested in learning more about how to beautify your yard with dazzling container gardens, stop by The Family Tree this Saturday, March 28, at 10am for our seminar “Impress Your Guests, Container Garden & Focal Point Ideas – Accessorize You Outdoor,” led by resident expert Regina Lewis.