Container Gardening Problem Areas

Every House has it’s Problem Areas when it comes to Container Gardening

Whether it’s a car port that was all the rage in 1968, porch posts and steps that come from different historical eras, or fence rails that just don’t add have any design merits, there are few architectural blights that cannot be improved by the additions of plants.

Pots, urns, boxes and hanging baskets are all beautification solutions that are available where ground soil is not.

The problem with too much Sun or too much Shade

While annuals with brightly coloured blossoms are the traditional choice for window boxes and boxes hung on fence rails, they require sun and frequent watering. Begonias, pansies, and geraniums are all reliable blooms, but any of the fragrant kitchen herbs such as chives, parsley, sage and basil require little soils and space and take well to container gardens. There are even varieties of strawberry appropriate to window boxes and hanging baskets.

While the list of ivies, ferns hostas and dwarf trees for shaded areas might sound limited, there are a number of varieties in each class. Making your choices based on a variety of textures, heights and colour can add a feeling of lush coolness that offers a welcome treat from the hot summer sun. The upside of containers in the shade is that they will hold moisture for longer than containers kept in full sun.

Consider height, weight, and style

Light-weight plastic boxes, wicker or wire-weave hanging baskets are all appropriate for garden fence rails, lattice tops and porch ceiling hooks. You also have to consider the weight of stones or gravel and soil when considering the weight and how much the structure can bear.

Wide ceramic pots that stand on the ground can be planted with dwarf trees to add height and drama to shady areas of the yard. Fuchsia and trailing vines can share the pot to add interest at different sight levels. The larger and heavier the pot, the better it will hold moisture and stand up when the wind rises.

Creative Problem Solving: Un-contain the container

Evergreens, lichens, coleus and yew are just four species that combine and there is no reason to segregate them into different containers. Let your vines spiral over the edges of the pot, while mosses act to cover the soil and retain pot moisture. A little wildness in your standing pot can go a long way to soothing the need for nature, no matter what space restrictions you might have.