Summer is here, and that means gardening fever is at an all-time high. However, if you’re like many people, you may not have enough (or any) yard space for a garden. Luckily, there’s another option that’s both functional and cute — container gardens! Here’s our tips for creating and maintaining a successful container garden.
- Choosing the pot
This is a simple but important step. Choose pots that allow enough room for plants to grow, but don’t forget to consider your home décor style and the vibe you want to create in the space.
- Picking the soil
Potting soil is always a safe bet. It is loose, full of nutrients, and ready for instant planting! Also, consider what kind of plants you want when you’re choosing soil products. Sometimes certain vegetables or flowers have specific nutritional needs, so you’ll want to choose a soil that best fits your plants.
- Finding the location
Where are you planning to put these new living decorations? Front porch, back porch, stoop, in a room, or on the patio? Once you’ve chosen the location, notice the timing and amount of natural light. If your space has lots of sunlight, plant wax begonias, pansies, sage, or lantana. For areas with partial shade, consider dahlias, periwinkles, petunias, or daylilies. For areas with little natural light, consider planning hostas, coleus, or impatiens. There are so many options for every light situation, but you need to read the plant tags and ask questions.
- Planting a variety
While considering nutritional and sunlight needs are important when choosing plants for container, make sure you are creating a visual pleasing piece with variety. Choose plants that have different colors, heights, blooming seasons, and standability. Working from front to back, begin with the smallest plants and anchor the back with the tallest. For a little more punch, maybe throw in some sweet potato vine to hang off the edges.
- Checking in daily
Once your beautiful new container garden is planted and placed, give it attention often. Water daily and monitor it for disease, and make sure you cover or bring pots inside if temperatures drop below 40 degrees.
We hope these tips have inspired you to satisfy your gardening fever with a project that will also to make your home just a little bit more beautiful. Stop by your local Stockdale’s for all your gardening supplies! Happy gardening!