For most people the sight of colorful, vibrant blooms is one of the greatest joys of the spring and summer seasons. Anyone can have the pleasure of planting, growing, and enjoying their own private flower garden. It doesn’t have to be time consuming or take up a lot of space. Container flower gardening eliminates the need for both. Not only can you express your creativity with your choice of flowers, but also in your choice of containers. It is easy to transform a drab patio, deck, or balcony into a work of art.
The first thing to decide is what type of containers you want to use. Before you can do that, you have to determine if you want a window box, hanging basket, or individual pots. Ceramic pots and wooden barrels make for a unique presentation. Strawberry jars are popular too due to their interesting shape. You can always go for a traditional plastic or terra cotta container as well. Whichever type of container you choose, they all must have adequate drainage. Otherwise, your flowers end up over watered and unhealthy. Be sure to pick containers that allow room for root growth. Container flower gardening is simple and rewarding with the correct kind of containers.
Of course you can’t plant and grow flowers without soil. Experts recommend a good, high quality potting soil. Be sure to buy one with vermiculite added in for proper drainage and moisture levels. When replanting your young flowers from the plastic tray to the container, be sure to use a granular fertilizer to help promote growth.
When designing your new flower display, be sure to vary the heights and colors of your plant selection. One of the benefits of container flower gardening is that you get to be the designer and create the arrangement to look how you want it to. “Blue Victoria” Salvia is a good choice for a tall flower placed in the back of the pot. For a green contrast, you may want to consider “Trailing Rapid Blue” Lobelia. Your local green house personnel would be an excellent resource for determining which flowers to choose and how to place them.
Other important things to keep in mind for keeping your container flower garden healthy and thriving is the amount of sunlight it needs and watering requirements. Depending on the species of flowers chosen sunlight and water needs will vary, it’s best to use plants that have similar needs in the same pot. Be sure you read the instructions that comes with your flower seeds or seedlings.
Container flower gardening is a fun, beautiful hobby that will inspire and delight you throughout the spring and summer months. Take your time in choosing your flowers and you can create a wonderful floral display that will brighten up your home.