Many gardeners have discovered that implementing container gardening ideas is a great way to add beauty to your backyard landscape.
I frequently walk by a neighbor’s house where he makes good use of container gardening throughout his yard. He has shown me his backyard and he uses the same concept there.
His yard is not overdone. Instead he places only a few containers in appropriate spots. It really adds to the beauty of the yard.
In fact, his yard has been named “yard of the month” by our neighborhood association. I feel that his container gardening ideas are the reason for his award.
It’s critical that you choose the right container for your flowers and plants.
1. Large pots are favored over a bunch of small containers. Your space may look cluttered if it’s filled with several small pots.
Analyze the location where you intend to place your plants. Determine the type of plants you will use. Make sure they each require the same growing conditions as discussed in Container Gardening Ideas.
Then determine the color and shape of pot you need. You can be flexible in the plants you place in each pot. You can move the pots around to give you even more flexiblilty.
2. Another consideration is the type of flower you are planting. Some plants have roots that prefer to be close-knit. In this situation, a small container is needed.
Other plants have roots that prefer to spread out. Here, a larger container is needed.
In other cases, 2-3 plants are beneficial. The texture of the foliage and the color of the blooms need to complement each other. I prefer this method to present a beautiful display.
3. Don’t use less than an 8-inch container. If you do, your plant will dry out too quickly.
4. Invest in high quality containers. You can buy decorative, lightweight containers made out of plastic and fiberglass. Resin planters also work well. In this way, your containers can look more expensive than they really are.
5. No matter what size container you use, make sure you water your plants frequently. Plants in containers dry out more quickly than if they are in the ground.
If done properly, container gardening is a great asset to your backyard landscape.