When I was a little girl I enjoyed spending summer afternoons gardening with my dad. We would plant flowers in the front and back yards and create container gardens to brighten up the front porch and back deck.
Shortly after E and I purchased our house, I started gardening. I find that flowers brighten our home and enhance the curb appeal. Seeing the beautiful blooms when I walk up to the house instantly brings a smile to my face.
Personally, I find the potted flower combinations available at garden centers or Home Depot to be rather expensive. Rather than purchasing them, I choose to plant my own because I like the idea of being able to pick my own flowers and colors.
Creating a simple and elegant container garden just takes a few easy steps and you’ll have beautiful flowers all summer long (just remember to water them).
What you’ll need:
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Soil – choose a potting mix
Plant food – choose one specifically for flowers
Containers to put the plants in (make sure they have at least one hole in the bottom for drainage)
Decide where you’ll be placing your container garden when it’s finished. This step is important so that you can choose the proper pot size and the right types of flowers. Different flowers thrive in different conditions and you’ll need to consider these conditions.
If your location is sunny for most of the day, choose plants that require “full sun”. Some “full sun” loving flowers include petunias, calibrachoas, begonias and geraniums.
If your location is very shady, look for plants that grow in the shade such as impatiens, lantanas and ferns.
Our front porch is very hot and sunny in the afternoon but cool and shady in the morning. After a fair bit of trial and error in previous years, this year I decided to focus my search on “full sun” plants.
It’s also a good idea to choose plants of varying heights with different propensity to spread. I usually choose one taller flower and one plant that will spread across the pot and hang down (such as ivy). I find this adds interest. You can also decide whether to plant flowers that are all the same colour or a variety of colours. This year I chose to go with a bright and fun mix of pink, yellow, light green and purple.