Container gardening has advanced beyond simply dropping flowers into pots. Potscaping, the art of growing plants in containers, requires very little space, maintenance and allows you to add color anywhere.
By gardening in containers, you can have color, texture and variety in areas with poor soil or those with no soil at all. You can cover an ugly tree stump, empty corner or bald patch on the lawn. Plus, you can grow most plants, regardless of climate, if you bring it indoors when the weather cools.
How to Potscape:
- Decide on a color scheme for your containers. Use at least three pots in different heights and sizes. Brightly colored pots add year-round interest to your garden once the blooms have faded.
- Consider your climate. If you live where the winters are cold, look for pots that won’t crack, or plan to overwinter them or bring them indoors.
- Choose pots with drainage holes, or drill some. Keep the holes one inch from the edge and about two inches apart. Put a paper coffee filter over big holes to keep the soil from coming out.
- Elevate pots on wheels, sturdy pot feet or bricks for better drainage and air circulation. Trays with wheels make it easier to rearrange and lessen the chance of water damage.
- Put pots in place before filling them, or they may be too heavy to move. Use a potting mix that feeds plants and helps control moisture in the soil. You may need specially formulated mixes for some plants, such as palms and citrus.
- Select small trees, shrubs, herbs, flowers and foliage plants with similar light and water needs. Consider full plant sizes when planting and don’t overcrowd your container.
- Water frequently as containers tend to dry out faster than in-ground plants. You can use a drip irrigation system to make watering easier.
- Large pots or other containers
- Drill and drill bit
- Paper coffee filters
- Wheels, bricks or pot feet
- Potting soil
- Plants, small trees or shrubs
- Watering can, hose or drip irrigation system