Container Gardens are a fantastic way to add highlights of color throughout your outdoor living space. Just remember that these pots, containers and planters need a little bit different care than flowers you have planted in flower beds.
- Mix time release feed into soil as you plant.
- Water with liquid plant food at least every 2 weeks; more if you are using petunia and other heavy feeders
- Prune when plants start to look weedy
- Remove dead flowers to speed up new flowering
- Soil mix should contain peat moss to better hold water
- Water deeply – big drinks less often are much better for the plants than frequent light sprinkles.
Color planting tips:
- Be brave with color – consider dramatically contrasting colors such as purple with yellow or orange and blue. Contrasting colors can brighten a dark corner
- Consider monochrome container, all white, all pink or all yellow
- Pastels can “cool” an area. Think pinks and lavenders.
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