It's easy to understand why flower container gardening is so popular. After all, for most people the sight of colorful, vibrant blooms is one of the greatest joys of the spring and summer seasons.
Not only can you express your creativity with your choice of flowers, but also in your choice of containers. It is easy to transform a drab patio, deck, or balcony into a work of art.
The first thing to decide is what type of containers you want to use. Before you can do that, you have to determine if you want a window box, hanging basket, or individual pots.
Ceramic pots and wooden barrels make for a unique presentation. Strawberry jars are popular too due to their interesting shape. You can always go for a traditional plastic or terra cotta container as well.
Whichever type of container you choose, they all must have adequate drainage. Otherwise, your flowers end up over-watered and unhealthy.
Be sure to pick containers that allow room for root growth. Flower container gardening is simple and rewarding with the correct kind of containers.
Of course you can't plant without soil. Experts recommend a good, high quality potting soil.
Be sure to buy one with vermiculite added in for proper drainage and moisture levels. Especially when replanting your young flowers from the plastic tray to the container, use a granular fertilizer to help promote growth.
When designing your new display, be sure to vary the heights and colors of your flower selection. One of the benefits of container flower gardening is that you get to be the designer and create the arrangement to look how you want it to. "Blue Victoria" Salvia is a good choice for a tall flower placed in the back of the pot.
For a green contrast, you may want to consider "Trailing Rapid Blue" Lobelia. Your local green house personnel would be an excellent resource for determining which flowers to choose and how to place them.
Other important things to keep in mind for keeping your flower container gardening project healthy is the amount of sunlight it needs and watering required.
Depending on the species of flowers chosen, sunlight and water needs will vary. Be sure you read the material that comes with your flower seedlings and group similar plants together in your containers.
Flower container gardening is a fun, beautiful hobby that will inspire and delight you throughout the spring and summer months. Take your time in choosing your flowers and creating a wonderful floral display.