Spring is for planting in the garden and in pots. Flowers, herbs, perennials, shrubs, and vegetables are all players in the annual game of “What will grow in this spot?” or “What can I plant in this pot?”.
Now that summer is here though, the pace is slower with fewer questions as more people slowly stroll the nursery for pleasure, picking up the odd plant here and there or gathering more varied selections for filling in garden spaces that need extra color.
We enjoy this time too (Since we’re all pretty much plantaholics!) and look on it as our play time with plantings, a reward for making it through another hectic spring season.
So, while our neatly lined tables are still filled with a good assortment of varied plants, you’ll also find our container plantings in various spots throughout the nursery too.
Container Gardening Tips:
Know your light. Plants that want sun won’t perform well in shade and vice versa.
If you want a pot filled only with flowers, choose blooms with different shapes for added interest. An example: A spiky salvia, rounded blooms of zinnias, flatter blooms of lantana.
Make it even more interesting and add a foliage for additional texture or color. Begin by choosing it, then add some flowers to compliment the color or shape of the leaves. An example: A spiky grass, a round pentas, an airy euphorbia, a trailing vinca.
Bigger planters call for bigger plants. Use at least one eye catcher or “thriller”. Add intermediate or “filler” plants, then complete the picture with a trailing or “spiller” selection. This is the tried and true Thriller, Filler, Spiller recipe. It never fails. An example: A black elephant ear (thriller), sunpatiens (filler), scaevola (spiller).
Think about the setting the planter is in. What color is your house? What trees and shrubs will be in bloom at various times? Do you entertain at night? What are your favorite colors? Are you there to maintain and water regularly?
No matter how small your planting starts out, with proper care it may grow to enormous proportions. Be prepared to deadhead faded blooms at least weekly and clip back your planting as needed.
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By Kris Blevons