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Amazing Container Gardening Ideas

Amazing Container Gardening Ideas

Gardening in containers is a super easy way to dress up your porch or patio, add a pop of color to shaded areas, or deal with poor soil in your yard. “Many plants thrive in containers,” says Barbara Wise, author of Container Gardening for All Seasons. “The most important thing is good drainage. Make sure there is a hole in the bottom of your pot so the plants don’t drown. Also, read the label or speak to the nursery to learn which plants will do well in your specific conditions, such as full sun or shade.”

Since your outdoor potted plants require more water than their in-ground counterparts, you should be aware of their location. For secluded spots, choose drought-tolerant plants like succulents. If you have some thirstier plants in the mix, place them near a water source. Check the soil moisture of your containers daily for the first week after planting to determine how often to water.

When it comes to design, we all know the container gardening adage: choose a thriller, a filler, and a spiller. But here are a few more guiding ideas to keep in mind.

Colorful flowers in the gardens.

Choose a palette that works with the house colors and stick to it in all your containers.
Mix and match different textures, shapes, and colors to add visual interest. For example, choose a wide range of flower and leaf shapes – some round, some trumpet-shaped, others wavy.
Group pots of different shapes, sizes and complementary styles.
It’s fine to only have one plant per container, but think opposites: Put the spotlight on a plant’s distinctive foliage by choosing a plain pot. Do you want to show a cool container? Combine it with a simpler style.