Have you been staring at your bare patio wondering what the best way would be to fill in the blank spaces? Or worse, do you have groupings of dead planted pots needing attention? Then this is the post for you… One of the most common requests we get year-round is help with potted planters. Check out the following tips for creating beautiful outdoor spaces with potted plants…
#1 – Pick the right container:
There are no true barriers when picking a container for your potted plants. Whether its a modern tapered square pot or a vintage utility sink, the options really depend on what aesthetic you are going for. As long as it can hold dirt and drain water, you are good to go. Some of our favorite planter choices are groupings of 3 (small, medium, large) or large rectangular trough containers.
#2 – Choose the perfect plants:
Keep in mind the location of your containers when choosing plants: whether its full direct sun, partial indirect sun, or a shaded area. This will be a big determiner of what plants will be able to actually survive and thrive in their new planted home. Also, keep in mind what size of container they will be going into since the root systems don’t have a vast amount of soil they will get thirsty more frequently. For example, if you have a shallow container, succulents are a great choice because they store their water in their leaves and stems, reducing the need of constant watering. (See the awesome succulent frame below)
#4 – Remember to fertilize:
It’s important to fertilize potted plants regularly, since their potted soil lacks the vast nutrients of soil directly from the ground. You can either use a time-release fertilizer such as Osmocote or add a quarter-strength dose of soluble fertilizer every third or fourth time you water. It’s also important to continual change out and keep your potted soil rich.
For the avid gardeners out there, here’s an all-purpose container soil from Leslie Land’s 1000 Gardening Questions & Answers:
#5 – Put your containers to work:
Hope you are able to enjoy these tips in your own garden patio! Let us know what you think in the comments below … Happy Wednesday!!