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Gardening in any setting, rural or urban, can be easily done with the use of container plants. Depending on your space limitations, you can choose to create a garden with a single container or a plethora of them. Any type of plant (flowers, trees, produce, and herbs) can go inside a container. It is up to you to decide on the look and purpose of your container plants.
When you are selecting any type of plant for your containers, keep in mind the following pointers:
- Your container should be big enough for your plants. Container plants should be no more than 1 ½ times as wide and 2 times as tall as the container it is in.
- Pick container plants that thrive in the amount of sunlight your desired location will give them. Too much or too little sun can quickly kill plants.
- If you want to mix plants in a single container, make sure they all have similar soil and water needs.
- Your container should have good drainage. Very few plants want wet roots. If you container does not have drain holes, put your plant in a plastic container and put that in your decorative container.
One of the best choices for container plants is herbs. Almost any herb will thrive in a pot. Many people choose to grow herbs in their kitchen windows. This provides them with year-round fresh herbs. Many varieties of lettuce also do well in small kitchen pots. A surprising number of vegetables are good container plants. Carrots, beets, squash, and bell peppers are all good choices. Even tomatoes and strawberries manage container life well if you grow smaller varieties.
Trees can also be grown in containers. Most container trees will reach no more than 10 feet tall. Anything taller than that will require an enormous pot and will be prone to being blown down. Before your plant your container tree, put some small rocks at the bottom of the container. This will help with drainage. Trees are probably the most needy container plants. They need daily watering and lots of fertilizer. Some trees that do well in containers are: dogwood, Japanese maple, and varieties of magnolia.
Flowers are the most popular container plant choice. With flowers, it is possible to let your creativity go wild. Chose your container flowers based on the above practical considerations, but then try to blend height, texture, and color to create a spectacular piece of living art. Pair trailing ferns with spiky grass and add a handful of daisies for color. You can also make a daring statement by picking a decorative container and filling it with a single plant. With container plants, the possibilities are nearly endless.