Planting a container garden on your balcony or patio is an excellent way to create a colorful and lush display. Container gardens can also bring an inviting fragrance and an appealing style to these areas. To achieve an amazing container garden, however, there are a few helpful tips that will produce stunning results every time.
To start, you should know that it’s actually pretty difficult to mess a container garden up. Moreover, it’s possible to be a lot more adventurous with container gardens than you might be with a conventional garden. You’ll have a lot less area to cover and you’ll need far fewer flowers than if planting in a massive back or front yard – and this means that your garden design will be far less costly to implement and improve upon if something ever happens to go awry. As such, you can try a variety of things and if you don’t like the resulting looks, you can easily try something else.
Another way to enhance the appearance of a container garden is by choosing the right containers. There are a number of materials that these containers can be made from. These include ceramics, stone, plastic and clay. You even have the option of building a unique wooden stand to decorate and enhance the exterior of your planters and to obtain the perfect balance of aesthetics. Remember that all containers must have sufficient drainage in the form of holes at their bases. More importantly, the containers that you use for your plants should be suitably large for accommodating the related plants at various stages of growth.
Another vital tip that container gardeners should take to heart is to choose plants that are properly suited to the amount of natural light that will be available to them. If you have a relatively shaded patio or balcony, choose a number of shade-tolerant plants such as begonias, ivy or hosta.
During the planting process, remember that several larger planters or pots will look far better than will a number of tiny ones. Try arranging these in odd numbers as well, to give the space a very harmonious look. If you’re planting several big plants in each pot, you can also ways complete your “potscaping” by filling the bottom of this container with a few small-sized plants.
Plants that are in bigger gardens will need to be fertilized several times during the course of the growing season, but fertilizing your plants is even more important if you’ve opted to grow these in containers. Given that there’s only a limited amount of soil in containers the available nutrients get used up fast. Thus, regularly fertilizing plants is vital for both their growth and their ongoing health. Using fertilizer stakes that are inserted directly into the potting soil or fertilizer pellets will ensure that nutrients are gradually delivered each time watering occurs. There are even powder or liquid fertilizers that you can place in your watering can or that can be attached to your hose for a measured delivery of essential nutrients. These water-additive options tend to spread more evenly throughout the soil and thus, they usually provide the best level of nutrition.
Whether in large or small gardens, pruning is always important. If flowers on your plants are beginning to wilt, go ahead and prune these off. It’s unnecessary for plants to support dying flowers and they’ll be able to invest more into new shoots and healthy flowers instead.
Finally, water is by far one of the most important elements in creating a healthy container garden apart from sunlight. Due to this fact, you need to maintain a regular schedule for watering your plants in order to keep these lush, green and blooming. Missing a single day certainly won’t kill your container garden, but make sure that you’re not missing days all of the time. When there’s sufficient rain, avoid adding a lot of extra water to the containers because these types of plants are much more likely to struggle with mold than are plants in your backyard given the different type of drainage that this setup entails.