Secrets to Successful Container Gardening

Secrets to Successful Container Gardening

Container gardening is the fastest growing area in the gardening world. With today’s homes having smaller yards container gardening allows one to create a colourful garden even in the smallest of spaces. The versatility allows one to accent a front porch or create color against an empty wall and you don’t have to be an advanced gardener to create your own masterpiece. Whatever your preference, the personal color pallet you put together can allow you to connect your garden with your home.

The sense of accomplishment that comes with watching your plants grow can be very rewarding. Growing up I always found my dad puttering in our yard, doing anything from planting containers for my mom or maintaining the existing landscape. His love for gardening fell onto me and when I had my own home I too found joy in watching my garden grow. I especially loved container gardening as it allowed me to create unique containers using annuals perennials and shrubs creating my own diverse color combinations.

When planning your container garden it’s important to think about where the container will be placed and select plants that require similar growing conditions i.e. full sun to shade.

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Choose a good potting mix; your local garden centre will sell potting soil perfect for container gardening. It’s a good idea to change potting mix every year. By the time the season is over all nutrients in the mixture will be used up.

Make sure pots have adequate drainage a little tip is to use the empty annual containers your plants come in to fill the bottom of you planter. This keeps your planters light so you can move them around the patio during the summer months.

When adding potting mix leave a 2” space between the top of the soil and the top of the container. It is best when planting your container to start from the inside out with taller plants in the middle and smaller trailing plants closer to the outside edge.   

Remember during the summer months you will need to water your containers 1-2 times a day (depending on sun exposure) and fertilize every 7-10 days.

Whether you’re a beginner gardener wanting to put some color on your deck or a long time gardener, container gardening lets you play with color and create plant combinations to fill your space. Looking at pictures is a great way to get ideas for color and planting schemes, the possibilities are endless and remember that container gardening is limited only by ones imagination.

Secrets to Successful Container Gardening rock bird bath with succulents

Happy Gardening!

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Guest post by Jodi - Bylands Account Representative


Outside of work I spend time with my family, playing golf in the beautiful Okanagan, practicing yoga and of course gardening.  I like to plant annual and perennial containers. The 2012 growing season was my first year with a vegetable garden.  I am really looking forward to 2013!