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7 Secrets of Container Gardening
We’re excited to share with you the small secrets of creating a beautiful, fragrant, stylish container garden.
Other than taking physical care of your containers, and following general guidelines for the plants you have chosen to display, there are no special rules for container gardens. However, there are several secrets that can help your mobile flower garden. Also, you can read about front garden in our previous article.
Secret 1: The color scheme
This season, landscape design is dominated by a fashion for naturalism and naturalness, but this does not mean that you should "go all the way" and plant flowers in flowerpots of every shade of the color wheel at the same time.
Instead, you should first begin by deciding on the color range of your flower garden:
- Pastel colors (white, cold shades of pink, blue and purple);
- Shades of precious stones (rich ruby, ultramarine, orange, bright lemon);
- Warm colors (peach, burgundy, plum).
As with creating a fashion image, it's important to know when enough is enough: two or three bright colors will be more than satisfactory.
And most importantly: be more careful with white flowers! This shade perfectly refreshes the flower garden in cold pastel colors, but can simply "kill" the calming harmony of a composition in warm colors or the sophistication of a garden with flowers of darker colors.
Secret 2: Playing on contrasts
We can all agree that pots of the same color and size, lined up in a row, look "clean, but poor". To make the composition more harmonious—less boring, more dynamic—it is worth learning how to play not only with color, but also with form.
How to achieve this? One strategy is to use containers of the same color, but in varying shapes and sizes. Arranged together, they will look very stylish, even if you fill them with plants of the same species.
In bright, unusual containers, plant more modest ornamental plants: hosts, wheels, ferns, etc. In simple monochrome pots you can plant catchy bulbous plants, or any variety of bright flowers.
Secret 3: Add tall plants
When planning a container garden, it is advisable to select plants of different heights, from low growing too tall. Ideally, a single large pot should contain a minimum of three plants: 1 "central" plant, 1 plant to fill space, and 1 ampel or curling plant. For a pot of small diameter, 1 species of plant is enough.
If your composition does not have at least one tall plant, it will look flat and inexpressive. But it is worthwhile to settle in the garden at least one "stately" tenant, who will immediately come to life and become prettier.
- bearded Gerard
- dwarf spruce
- laurel noble
- fescue amethyst
- pampas grass
- pinnate feather
- thuya western
Secret 4: Fill in the blanks
It is widely accepted that container gardens look especially attractive when they are literally overflowing with plants. Don’t leave a square centimeter of exposed soil in the pot! Surround your tall plants with low, ground covering "neighbors". Your composition will instantly acquire much-needed volume.
Some great "filling" plants include:
- decorative cabbage
- cable car
- shamrock ashy
- spurge fringed
- fescue blue
Secret 5: Add multiple levels
Why not make your container garden grow in all four directions at once, both in breadth, as well as up and down?
Complement the composition with downward and trailing plants, which hang down.
As ampelnyh "tenants", the following are quite suitable for container gardens:
- alissum (borax)
- immortelle petiolate
- Pelargonium ivy
- petunia ampel
- tuna, winged
- zinnia angustifolia
Secret 6: Use perennials
Perhaps the biggest problem in the care of a container garden is changing the soil every year in large pots after the annuals have faded. Why waste so much effort in vain? Plant in your garden perennial herbs and flowers, and rid yourself of this need.
Secret 7: Make Container Gardens Mobile
Do you want to grow heat-loving plants, but the climate just doesn’t cooperate? Put your potted garden on wheels. In case of an unexpected frost, you can always bring it indoors.