THE POTTED GARDEN
With senior’s week this month, I thought I could inspire you to rethink labour intensive garden beds and possibly incorporate some plants into pots or containers. With gardens getting smaller, or maybe you have a tiny courtyard or balcony, selecting a beautiful pot and filling it with a hardy plant to suit, could be very pleasurable. It could even change the way you garden into the future.
The pot choices are endless, with a new wave of fibreglass lightweight pots available in many different colours and shapes. Your may also like to mix and match pots, incorporating long troughs for narrow entry ways, or adding a group of pots in different sizes that make an impact in an empty corner. Whatever pot styles you choose, it is important that it fits into the space provided. I find it generally looks better if you select a couple of larger pots grouped together rather than a whole lot of smaller ones. The plants tend to survive better in a generous pot and they are much easier to look after.
When coming to the nursery to select pots, it is very helpful to bring along the measurements of your space. This way we can help you choose the correct pot size and shape.
The next step is to choose an appropriate plant for your pots. There is such a vast array of plants available to suit whatever area you would like to fill. If the pots are in a sunny spot, you may decide on an edible plant such potted herb or vege garden or even a dwarf citrus tree. You may also like to incorporate a splash of colour into your pots by planting pansies, dianthus or some of the many different flowering plants that catch your eye. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a group of different plants, multi planted into the same pot. Planting in groups can look extremely effective.
Whatever plants you choose, the key to success is selecting the correct plant for their particular growing environment. There are even plenty of choices if you have a shaded area or if you are wishing to plant indoors. Things like ferns, impatiens, and shade loving indoor plants will survive well in areas which have lower light levels. The sky is the limit when it comes to plant selection.
The final thing to remember when planting into pots is to select a good quality potting mix.
Mixes are available with slow release fertiliser and wetting agent added so all the work is done for you.
Why not come into the nursery and ask our friendly staff to help you select a pot. I am sure when you get started in you new potted garden, it will be hard to stop at one.