Container gardening allows you to make an attractive, practical garden with limited space only by your own imagination. If you’re considering making a patio container garden, there are some suggestions to keep in mind. First, make certain that your outdoor decorative pots have proper drainage holes made of mesh, perforated, or slitted. A garden hose, rainwater drain, or sprinkler head will be needed if you want the soil to drain properly. Good drainage will minimize the chance that roots will be buried and cause rot.
Patio container gardens can help create outdoor living spaces with minimal effort and maintenance. In addition, patios are very attractive outdoor structures that can greatly enhance the appearance of your property. Container gardens are good for anyone who wants to grow a bunch of plants, but doesn’t have a lot of space. If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at container gardening but don’t know what plants to get, here’s a great starting list for beginners:
* Basil – This is a fast growing, easy to care for herb with big bold foliage. It’s also a great choice for patio container gardens as it grows well in partial shade and in the kitchen garden. * Bay – The scent in this perennial is delectable. If it gets too much shade, you can move it to a shaded spot. Bay is an ideal plant for rooftop gardens as well as backyards bordering the sidewalk or driveway. * Couples love coupling with Lemon Zest and Paprika. It has big bold foliage and a fruity scent.
* Coffee Beans – These hearty plants are easy to care for, growing both indoors and out. They are an excellent choice for container gardening and work well with a variety of landscape designs. Try growing them indoors in a sunny window box. For a quick pick me up before heading out, break up the beans between your fingers and sprinkle on your potting soil. They will go to work bringing you back inside in no time! * Edible Grapes – These grapes make an excellent addition to any patio container garden. They love rich soil that is well drained and a varied amount of shade.
* Fruit Trees – With the summers coming and dry weather, fruit trees are great for adding color and variety to a patio container garden. They can be grown successfully in full sun, with just a minimal amount of watering. If watering is required, opt for a light sprinkling rather than deep watering. Full sunlight is imperative for the fruit tree, especially if you live in areas where frost occurs regularly.
* Ornamental Grasses – These plants are great for container gardens as long as they are properly watered. Full sun is mandatory for these plants and they are very susceptible to diseases. For container gardens, choose plants that do not need much care and enjoy the shade provided by a variety of ornamental grasses. Some common grasses include rye, bluegrass and sedum.
Patio container gardening provides a great way to bring your gardening expertise to the outdoors. Container gardens are available in a wide variety of styles and are very versatile when it comes to color, borders and accessories. You can even use your patio as a place to grow herbs and vegetables. The most popular container gardening plants include tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, herbs, cilantro and oregano.
The best part about containers is that you can move them very easily. Potted plants can be moved from one spot to another quite easily with no damage to the roots. With the proper preparation including planning and drainage holes, moving plants is easy. It’s also important that you plan your container garden design carefully and think of creative ways to accessorize your containers. The beauty of a well-designed planter is that you will be able to incorporate your favorite plants and flowers into your outdoor living space.