Container gardens, also known as potted
gardens, are showstoppers for your landscape if you are lacking in
outdoor space, or if you just want to make a fun statement in your
garden. Potted plants have lots of gardening appeal, as they tend to
be portable, are easy to arrange for varying aesthetic purposes, and
they can make the most use out of small outdoor spaces.
Many types of plants and vegetables
will flourish in containers as long as they are frequently watered,
and are planted in high-quality potting soil – not garden soil,
which is denser than potting soil. Other maintenance tips such as
mixing some kind of fertilizer into the potting soil and routinely
pinching off dead blooms will keep your potted plants looking and
growing their best throughout the seasons.
Different plants grow to varying sizes,
so it is important to match the container to each plant’s typical
growth range. Potted plants need just enough space for their roots to
grow and absorb moisture. Most perennial plants and vegetables
require at least five-gallon
but many varieties of flowering plants and common herbs will do well
in one-gallon pots.
Surprisingly, potted plants can last
several years in containers, with some particularly robust species
surviving even through cold temperatures. “The general rule of
thumb for container-plant survival through the winter is that the
plant should be hardy to two zones colder than your USDA Hardiness
Zone,” reads a guide from Fine
By finding out which plants are in your zones,
“[y]our containers can provide you with year-round interest,
depending on the plants you choose, and you can lend consistency to
Potted plants offer gardeners a unique
ability to create specific designs in small, contained spaces, or to
add an unexpected pop of color or greenery to any space. The results
can be truly beautiful, lending a breath of fresh air to even small
areas such as apartment balconies or tiny patios.
For attractive greenery that lasts all
year round, consider green
mountain boxwood or emerald
arborvitae. Both of these plants maintain a green color even through winter and
grow upwards, making them ideal for thriving in a contained space.
For colorful potted additions, Japanese
pieris provides beautiful, glossy spring growths that vary from deep red to
delicate pink. Bergenias will bring cheerful pink blossoms in the spring.
sedum will thrive in just about any space, so they are a perfect potted
variety. Some gardeners will even plant them in cracks along
landscaped stonework, or in miscellaneous areas of their garden to
discourage weed growth.
After figuring out how to grow
thriveingsingle plant containers, you can expand your container
garden with exciting potted combinations that feature more than one
plant. Many gardeners refer to the ideal combination as thrillers,
fillers, and spillers. An aesthetically pleasing pot will combine
all three of these varieties.
Thrillers are plants that
grow tall, providing a dramatic backdrop for the rest of the pot.
Examples include angelface,
Fillers are shorter and
more rounded, filling the rest of the pot’s empty spaces. There
are many types of filler plants to choose from, which makes planning
this part quite easy. Examples include begonias,
Spillers cascade over and
down the side of the pot, providing an attractive and natural
fluidity to smooth the pot’s otherwise rigid sides. Examples
Take a look at some of these beautiful
combinations for inspiration: salvia
and campanula with evergreen yew shrub;
licorice plant, lantana, and herbs;
potato vine, calibrachoa, variegated euonymus shrub, and dusty
and this fall assortment of kale
pigeon white, chrysanthemum, and ornamental grass. The possibilities are truly endless!
Once you have decided which plants to
cultivate in your potted garden, HGTV has a helpful
guide on how to use pots as stunning architectural features or unexpected
landscape elements by varying their shapes, sizes, textures, and
placement. With these tools at your disposal, you are well on your
way to creating the perfect assortment of potted plants that will
make your outdoor area shine!