It’s that time of year – get out there and garden! If you don’t have the space for a large landscaped front yard or a backyard garden – or just want a walkway or entrance dressed up – here are some suggestions for small container gardens:
The Pot: Go ahead and be adventurous here. You don’t need to go to the garden store and invest lots of dollars in a pre-fab pot. You
can simply scrounge around the house, an antique shop, or a yard sale. Old crates, ceramics, barrels, window boxes, and household
holders (an antique wash bin or even -- gasp! -- an old pottery
chamber pot) are quite cute to use.
The Flowers: Pick flowers that work for the amount of sun your container garden will be getting. You can get very creative in planting, as most flowers will grow just fine in containers. Suggestions are Petunias, Geraniums, Pansies, Impatiens, Begonias, and various vines and ground covers. Be sure to plant your flowers closer than you would in a garden as the lushness of the container garden is what will give it its artistic appeal.
The Care: Be sure to use a lightweight soil, water often since the smaller area will dry out fast, and be sure to use containers that have holes on the bottom (you can make holes in old ceramics). Since your garden is now portable, you can rearrange your
various pots to landscape for all your summer occasions.