Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Do you have an area that is very plain, ie. side of a shed or ordinary fence/wall in the background? A simple solution for providing more interest is to create a complex arrangement of forms and colors using different sized planters and pots. The uninteresting wall will set off the interesting plantings of foliage, flowers and trailers.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
One more way to save money when using your garden planters and containers is to take cuttings from your chrysanthemum plants as they grow in the Spring . Cut 3” tips from the stems with a sharp knife and place them into your potting mix with sand in a small pot. Replant into larger planters in the Fall and then of course, into the garden for next season.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
One great way to fill all those garden planters and containers is with perennials that you have decided to split in the Spring. Perhaps your garden is overgrown and many of your plants would be most suitable for pots and containers. When the season is over in the Fall, just replant back into the garden.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Just take a packet of seeds, they can be marigolds, petunias or sweet alyssum all the same color or mixed variety and plant in your 12” decorative pot or garden container. You will have blooms all summer long for just a few pennies – what could be better than that!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Many flowers can be started from seed or tubers indoors and transplanted outdoors later in the season when the weather warms up. Have your plants ready when the weather turns warm. It is now a good time to start those Begonia bulbs and dahlias tubers. Start thinking about what plants would look great in your planters and containers on the deck and patio this summer.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
It seems that water retention is the main problem many gardeners find with their container plants. The plants tend to dry out in summer and become waterlogged in winter. During those hot summer days, water your pots and containers twice a day if necessary depending on the size of your plant and the size of the pot Your plants do transpire naturally, however, they lose moisture when there is less soil to hold it.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The trend this year is to have lots of repetition of color and texture in your garden planter groupings. Start with the simple lines of modern pots and limit the number of plants. One possible combination begins with the feathery yew, the bold coleus and of course the fine Japanese ornamental grass each in its own container. The gold theme in the needles and blades of grass compliment each other. What could be simpler and very sophisticated.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
If you don’t have a built in rail or edge to your deck or patio, you can always create the same effect using containers. Line an entire row of matched garden planters, pots and containers, simulating built-ins, or clusters or different sizes and shapes. Just fill with a variety of plant material. Your have created a border and a garden at the same time.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Every year there seems to be something new and exciting – this year when you group your large planters and containers on the deck or patio, think about keeping the plant variations into warm and hot categories – not the random, funky combinations of the past.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Enough cannot be said for having great soil for your garden planters and containers. We have found over the years that peat-based mixes containing peat and vermiculite are excellent and easily found at your garden centre. They are relatively sterile and pH adjusted. This soil does not compact down and allows the plants to get enough air and water. Mixing in one part compost to two parts planting mix will improve fertility as well.