Garden containers can provide opportunities
for planting that achieve spectacular results
in limited spaces. They may be the only means
available to some gardeners. Containers come
in many sizes, shapes, colors and styles.
Designs range from the very formal to extremely
rustic. Garden containers are usually made
from terracotta, cement, wood, metal, fiberglass
or plastic. Some are made from composite
materials especially formulated to withstand
severe winters. |
The following should be considered
- Select a color and design that suits the
site. A rustic pot that looks terrific in
a natural style garden may not look good
in a very formal one.
- Consider the size and weight of the container,
especially if it will need
to be moved or
stored indoors in the winter.
- Make sure the container has a hole in the
bottom to insure adequate drainage.
- Find out how to properly care for the container.
Some containers will crack
and split if left
out in freezing weather. This
true of terracotta, wood and
can rust over time.
Remember that many containers will need less
watering in hot, dry weather and last longer
if plants are actually planted in a slightly
smaller plastic container that can be dropped
into them. Garden containers can be changed