You can get in on the container gardening trend, even if you have minimal outdoor space. Be smart about the container and the location, and select plants that not only look good together, but have similar light and water needs.
When shopping for container plants, read plant tags to determine the mature height and size so there won’t be any surprises during the growing season. The following favorites were selected by Justin Hancock, horticulturist for Costa Farms.
Small-Space Container Garden Picks:
1. Gerbera Garvinea varieties are medium-size plants but worth making room for in small gardens because they produce so many more blooms than other varieties. Most grow about 15 inches tall and wide. Hardy in zones 7-10.
2. Delphinium ‘Summer Cloud’ is a dwarf delphinium that offers true-blue flowers but only grows 10 inches tall. Remove the old flowers and it blooms all summer long, as well as attracts butterflies. Hardy in zones 3-7.
3. Hibiscus ‘HibisQs’ varieties stay tidy compared to old-fashioned types, and bear a lot more blooms, too. Selections are available with pink, red, orange, yellow or white flowers—and lots of them. This is an annual in most of the country, winter hardy only in zone 10.
4. Ornamental grass is a natural “thriller” element for your container gardens. Grasses are drought-tolerant and many are perennial throughout the country. Read more about planting ornamental grass in containers.
Hancock recommends Juncus ‘Blue Arrows’ if you want the look of an ornamental grass, but don’t want a plant that will run or spread seeds everywhere. It features blue-green foliage that looks great in containers or the back of the border. Hardy in zones 5-9.
5. Lavender ‘Super Blue’ is a compact selection that stays around a foot tall and wide, so you can enjoy its beautiful fragrance and low-maintenance nature in a small space. Hardy in zones 5-9.
Lavender needs air circulation, so don’t crowd. Learn about growing lavender in your garden.
6. Phlox ‘Paparazzi Jagger’ packs in a ton of blooms over a longer period than most spring-blooming phlox. You can enjoy its fragrant, butterfly-attracting flowers in spring and summer, even if you don’t have a lot of space, because it stays about 12 inches wide. Hardy in zones 5-9.
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