Limited time or space shouldn’t preclude you from having great gardens – even if they’re simple container gardens. Container gardens can be simple with a single plant in an elegant pot, or a mixture of plants. When most people think of container plantings, they usually think about using annuals. However, some perennials and even some roses like Flower Carpet can also work well in containers as long as they’re large enough.
There’s no need to contain containers to decks or patios. They can help to add interest and texture to many parts of a landscape, pathway or garden or urban garden setting. Here are a few examples . . .
Containers of various sizes and shapes add nice architectural interest to gardens. If you’re using extra large containers, consider adding old packing “peanuts”, crumpled plastic bags or other such materials in the bottom to lighten the load and save a bit on soil.
Dave Epstein of Growing Wisdom offers loads of helpful hints on creating containers in his helpful Easy Tips for Growing Plants in Containers video.
Containers filled with long-blooming plants like Flower Carpet roses can be used to add color to spots of the garden where the color goes bland during certain times of the summer.
Combine several same-color plants together to create a simple yet elegant display.
Containers can also be used to soften a pathway, mark borders or edges of decks or stairways, serve as barriers, or dress up an entrance way.
Regardless of where you place your containers and what you fill them with, remember to provide good drainage, water regularly, especially during hot spells where they’ll dry out much more quickly than in-ground plants, and if you’re using something other than annuals, select easy-care plants like Flower Carpet roses and lavender for sunny areas, and coral bells, carex and Lady’s Mantle for sun/shade areas, and hosta and astilbes for shady areas.
Don’t be afraid to be creative – let your imagination soar!