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Container Gardening And Modern Life
Container gardening has become more and more popular. See how containers brighten up your outdoor gardens, patio gardens, gazebos , conservatories, indoors. Container garden design is one of the easiest way to link your home and garden. You to can follow this modern trend.

Container landscaping will suit our modern rushed lifestyle. It provides flexibility. Design gardens can express your personality through the containers you choose. Choose the colors for your containers that link your indoor color scheme to your garden.

Caring for Container Plants

Many plants grow reasonably well in containers. Container plants require more care than plants growing in open soil. Choose the correct suitable plants for containers.

The confined space in a tub will restrict root growth. Plants will show signs of this. Tub plants generally have smaller leaves and fewer flowers, but by giving them lots of tender loving care, they will be happy and look beautiful.

You should raise your containers slightly off the ground. Insert some wooden blocks or other material underneath the container. This allows for good drainage and airflow.

Move your containers to a warmer location when experiencing severe winter weather. Compost can freeze and your plants will die if left exposed in the cold. Bring your plants under cover during icy weather.

Wrap your plants in wet Hessian in very hot conditions. Alternatively you could use a mist spray to cool your plants off.

Some containers have wheels on them. This allows them to move around easily. You can also place containers with wheels underneath on a strong piece of wood.

Selecting Containers

Choose containers that suit with your garden design. Make a note of requirements before you go and buy a container. This way you will not just buy a container at the spur of the moment, and regret it later.

All containers must have drainage holes in their bases. If you don’t have proper drainage, your plants will drown.

Small containers will hold relatively little potting soil. They will dry out rapidly. Select a pot or container a size larger than the existing container. This allows for space to grow. All developing shrubs, climbers and in fact all plants need space consideration to be happy.

Select colors and shapes that tie in with your home architecture and plants. Do this right at the start of your container gardening design. The color and texture of the containers can influence the selection of suitable plants.

Plant a Container

Plant permanent plants, such as trees, shrubs, climbers, and hardy perennials, in the beginning of spring. They send out roots during this time and will soon establish themselves.

Our gardening tips will teach you on how to plant a container. Don’t overlook these essential items when planting your container. The growth medium for your container gardening is important. There are different kinds of potting mix.

Soil Less

Soil less medium compost is based on peat alternatives. It is ideal for short term plantings, e.g. different annuals (pretty flowers).

Soil Based

Soil based medium is used for plants that remain in the container for a few years, e.g. trees, shrubs and perennials.


This compost type is soil less. Camellias like ericaceous compost (they hate lime).

Nourish Container Plants

Using healthy plants will ensure the beauty of container gardening. Your container gardening design should allow for easy access to all containers. This is necessary for the proper plant nourishment.


Put your finger into the potting soil to check if there is enough moisture. You could also use a special soil moisture tester. Check the soil moisture daily (or twice daily in hot weather) from mid spring to early autumn. Check plants at least weekly during winter.

Fill the container up to the rim with water when watering. Allow the water to drain through to the holes in the bottom. Let it run through for a second time. This ensures that all the potting soil has been thoroughly moistened. The best time to water your container is early morning.


All proprietary composts contain limited food for a limited period of growth. Start feeding plants in the period from 4 to 6 weeks after planting in the soil less compost. Delay feeding until 8 weeks for plantings in soil based medium.

Only feed your plants during the growing season. This ranges from mid-spring to end of summer. Use a high nitrogen liquid feed until early summer. Switch this to low nitrogen, high potash feeds for the rest of the season. Choose a fertiliser that contains trace elements.

Plant Health

Please look after your plants. Feed them regularly; turn them about every six weeks to give them an even amount of sunshine. Inspect them regularly to ensure plant health. Preferably use organic compost and environmentally friendly pest control methods. Ensure plants are healthy, and safe for children to play in. Give your plants lots of TLC (tender loving care).

Kitchen Garden Containers

Herb Container Gardening

Container gardening with herbs will provide a pleasant addition to your garden design and cooking experience. Learn how herbs can be successfully grown in containers.

Vegetable Container Gardening

Vegetable container gardening is popular for small gardens. Everyone can enjoy the taste of home grown vegetables. Vegetables will adapt well to growing in containers, provided you follow the guidelines.

Planting a Strawberry Patch

You can introduce lovely strawberries into your garden by planting strawberries in your containers. Growing strawberries successfully is easy.

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