Weekend Project: Container Gardening

Looking for a quick weekend project to spruce up your patio, deck or even you front porch? Container gardening is a great, easy project to do just that. Whether you are sprucing up some pots you already have, planning to buy new containers or creating a specific container garden, you will be pleased with your results.

Have some boring clay pots? Add some interest by sprucing up your old pots with paint! Spray paint can be used on clay pots; even plastics can now be painted with spray paint. Think about creating a design on your pot, use painters’ tape to create color blocking details or stripes. When purchasing new pots you can be a little adventurous with color depending on the selection available to you. One thing to consider when deciding on container colors is the plants you are going to plant. Make sure the plants and the pots are complimentary to each other and you’ll get more bang for your buck.

This red garden pot compliments this modern garden space, which is accented with red Japanese Maples, as well as the heuchera plants filling below the sphere shaped boxwood centerpiece.

When picking out plant species for your container garden, don’t forget the simple phrase thriller, filler, and spiller. You want to select one main plant species for the focal point, the thriller. Fill in around the thriller with some filler plants, these plants shouldn’t get as tall, but offer texture or color in the arrangement. Lastly, for your container add a spiller, or trailing plant that will spill over the edges and create a soft, lush look. Container gardening is that easy!
Container gardening successes following the simple phrase thiller, filler and spiller.

Container gardening could also be specific and not just ornamental. Always wanted a vegetable garden? Do it all in one container, big or small. A planted pot with assorted herbs could be the perfect compliment to your kitchen. Or next year consider planting tomatoes, with basil and chives for your summer salads. Have a love of succulents? Looking for a small ornamental planted centerpiece? Consider creating a gorgeous succulent bowl as a centerpiece for your outdoor dining table.

Whatever your container gardening style, you’ll enjoy your creation for many more weekends – just don’t forget to water regularly!

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