|Add warmth and charm to your home with container gardens.
Spring is finally here! It’s time to start planning your container gardens. They can be placed on your patio, porch, or front steps and bring warmth and beauty to your home. There are many ways to mix and match plants for the perfect planter. It’s time to start planning! Use the following tips, get creative and have some fun.
Mixed containers - Deep round planters (16 inch or wider) accommodate a range of plants and are the perfect all-purpose choice for container gardens. Add one to your front steps, back deck, or anywhere in between to add interest to the landscape. When planting a mixed container garden, you'll have instant success with a three-part formula of "thriller, filler, and spiller." Choose one high-impact plant, such as coleus or ornamental grass. Add one filler plant, which will take up the bulk of the container. Petunias or marguerite daisies work well. Then select one trailing plant, such as licorice plant.
Window boxes - Window boxes add a bit of charm to your home. They're the perfect place to plant herbs or use bright flowers and trailing plants to create a unique look to accent your home. When planting a window box garden, consider using plants that naturally spread or have an open shape, such as sweet potato vines, creeping thyme, petunias, or verbena.
Re-purposed garden – The current upcycling trend offers a unique way to re-purpose something you have into a focal point for your garden. The possibilities are endless - use watering cans, children's toys, old paint buckets, old purses, or even furniture to create your container garden. The size of the upcycled item will dictate what you plant there. You can create an interesting effect on a fence by planting a selecting of castoff purses potted with delicate blooms or trailing vines. To mix and match plants, use a large piece (like a wheelbarrow, a tire, or an old sink) and mix and match textures and heights for visual interest.
Make sure to choose flowers that have the same growing conditions (such as full sun vs. part shade) and place the finished container in an area where it will thrive. Water regularly to keep your flowers looking their best and enjoy!
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