Container Gardens – Authors In Bloom Blog Hop

This post is part of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. Read to the bottom to see how you can enter to win a number of great prizes!

As part of the hop, I’m supposed to offer a garden or cooking tip. I’m not much of a cook, nor a great gardener, though I enjoy the latter far more than the former.

In the last couple of years I’ve discovered the joys of container gardening – planting a variety of flowers and foliage in large pots that sit on my patio where I can see them easily through the French doors in the kitchen.

I still do plant in the ground, especially out along the fence in the back yard, but I find myself doing more an more containers these days. They require more attention since they have to be watered almost daily in our hot Southern summers, but the pleasure they supply more than compensates.

I’ve found that it pays to get the best possible potting soil, usually a brand that includes plant food mixed in for you containers. Then a mix of plants that look good together in the pot. I like to have one central tall, striking plant, a few lower ones around it, and some that trail over the side. It can be a good idea to consult with the people at the garden center for advice on what plants would do well with each other. My patio has sections that get full sun and another area that is in partial shade. Some plants don’t do well in one of the area, but will thrive in the other. The geraniums love the full sun, but the impatiens prefer the shady areas, so they never go in the same pots.

I also prefer to buy plants that have already started blooming for this purpose, so I can be sure that the flower colors will complement each other rather than clash.

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16 Responses to Container Gardens – Authors In Bloom Blog Hop

  1. Judy Cox says:

    Thanks for participating in this great hop and all the tips for planting and growing plants. I have a few pot plants that put around my patio every spring, they make the patio so pretty and bright.

  2. desiree says:

    i do both and have the lilly lplant and then i all so got the utdor plant
    and then i all so do the garden
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  4. Rachael Clemons says:

    Thanks for doing the blog. I love learning about gardening.

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  9. Emily Smith says:

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  15. I love container gardening, too. It’s pretty much all I do for vegetables now. I use the Garden Patch growboxes and my veggies have never been better!
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  16. Rhi says:

    subscribed.

    I have tried and mostly failed at container gardening. I will have to give it another go. 🙂 thanks for the chance.
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