Using containers to grow and display plants and flowers is a great way to maximize small spaces, and many plants do very well in containers. One of the great things about container gardening is that you can move various pots and urns around to maximize sun exposure or to protect plants from frost. By paying attention to a few details, you can enjoy your container gardens year-round.
Almost anything that will hold plants can be used as a garden pot. One of the most important things to consider when choosing your container is drainage. Ideally, you would be able to drill a few small holes in the bottom of the container for drainage. If you are unable to add holes, a layer of gravel at the bottom of the pot will help prevent the plant from becoming too water-logged. You may also consider planting in a container that will drain well, then placing this container inside the decorative one.
Use your imagination! Anything from a child's wagon to an old wine barrel makes an interesting container for plants, and you can even change them with the seasons.
One of the trickiest things about planting in containers is creating the perfect growing environment for the plants you choose. Since the plants are restricted to just the pot, the soil and additives need to be top-notch for the plants to thrive. Choose a commercial potting mix and add peat moss or compost for help with moisture retention and some coarse sand for drainage.
For winter plants, water less frequently than you would during the spring or summer. Place your winter container garden where it will be sure to get enough light during the shorter winter days. For added protection from the elements, add a layer of mulch over the top of the soil after planting.
Try a few of these hardy annuals that are tough enough to brave the cold:
Choose the perfect container and pick out some hardy plants to brighten your front porch this winter.
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