Tips on Choosing Containers for Growing Perennials and Flowers

What Container to Use and the Perks of Container Gardening

Why is container gardening so popular? Here are just a few reasons.

Containers are convenient. You can move them if you find the plants are getting too much or too little sun. You can also create a beautiful display in a limited space. You can save time too by adding potting soil that’s appropriate for your plant type means no soil testing is needed. You won’t spend time weeding as you might for a garden plot. Containers can add height in large gardens and around foundations to boost visual appeal. The smaller, controlled space makes it a great way for beginners to start gardening and have lots of success, too.


How to choose the right container?

Choosing the right container size for your garden plant is important for its growth and overall health. Here are some general guidelines to follow:

  1. Consider the size of the plant: The container should be large enough to accommodate the plant's root system and allow room for growth. A good rule of thumb is to choose a container that is at least 2-3 times the size of the plant's root ball.
  2. Think about the plant's needs: Different plants have different needs when it comes to soil, water, and nutrients. Research the specific requirements of your plant to ensure that the container you choose can accommodate these needs.
  3. Consider the location: The container size should also depend on where you plan to place it and the space available. If you have a small balcony, a smaller container may work best to allow space to move around comfortably. If you have a large garden, you can opt for a bigger container.
  4. Think about drainage: Make sure the container has drainage holes to allow excess water to drain away. If your container doesn't have drainage holes, you can add some by drilling them into the bottom. Add a saucer underneath the plant if you are concerned about seepage.
  5. Consider the material: Containers come in a variety of materials, including plastic, wood, ceramic, and terra cotta. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks, so choose one that works best for your plant and the environment it will be in.

Overall, it's better to choose a slightly larger container than a smaller one, as it will give your plant room to grow and help prevent the soil from drying out too quickly.

INSIDER TIP: If you want to use dark colored containers in sunny spots, double pot the plant! It will give roots an extra layer of protection from extreme heat.

You can express your creative side by painting containers, choosing ones with unique designs, or color coordinating to create a unique look. Turn your deck or patio into an oasis without using all your outdoor space when you plant in containers.