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Container Gardening: A Guide to Creating Stunning Pots That Thrive

by Gregory
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Container Gardening: A Guide to Creating Beautiful Pots

Choosing the Best Plants for Your Containers

When selecting plants for containers, don’t just focus on whether they can grow in a pot. Instead, ask yourself:

  • Will it bloom repeatedly?
  • Does it have interesting foliage?
  • Is it evergreen?

Foliage is especially important because it lasts longer than flowers.

Creating Stunning Container Displays

To create a visually appealing container display:

  • Choose plants with different colors, shapes, and textures.
  • Repeat plants and colors to tie the display together.
  • Avoid having too many different types of plants, as it can make your pots look cluttered.

Potting Up Techniques

When potting up plants:

  • Choose a pot that is large enough for the rootball and allows for some growth.
  • Fill the pot with good quality compost and shake it down to remove any air pockets.
  • The top of the rootball should be 2-2.5cm below the rim of the pot.
  • Don’t bury the plant deeper than it was in its old pot.

Drainage Considerations

  • Pots with drainage holes do not need a drainage layer.
  • Using a drainage layer can actually impede drainage and reduce the amount of compost available to the plants.

Tips for Success

  • Observe your container plantings and take notes to track their progress.
  • Pot up vigorous plants into larger pots in the spring.
  • For climbers, use a pot that will accommodate their ultimate size.
  • Avoid overwatering and use good quality growing media.

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