Plant a Container Garden for Summer!

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Container gardens are perfect for balconies and patios!

The possibilities are limitless. Looking at pictures is a great way to get ideas for plant combinations and color schemes.

 

These plants will do well in containers:

Begonia

• Caladium (low-growing)

Canna (low-growing)

Dahlia (low-growing)

Freesia

Tips and Tricks for Success:

Containers: You can almost use any container to make a beautiful container garden. The size, shape and color can dramatically affect the look. Avoid containers with narrow openings and make sure that it has a drainage hole. Be noticed that terracotta containers dry out rapidly.

 

Drainage: Good drainage is vital. Place rocks over the hole and a good layer of roughage, such as decayed leaves over the crocks to retain moisture and prevent the soil from clogging the drainage hole after watering.

 

Soil: Make sure your planting medium drains rapidly, mix in garden peat and some bulb booster. Be sure that the soil is pressed down gently but not packed and that the soil is in a moist but not wet condition.

 

Planting: Bulbs and plants can be planted much closer together in containers than in the garden. Look at the packaging for the correct planting depth and space them 1-2 inches apart. To obtain a longer flowering period plant several layers of bulbs and plants. Always water well after planting and provide protection from frost or place containers inside.