Whether you’re using containers for your patio or backyard, the right container for your project will depend on the space. Big pots, on the other hand, are ideal for planting large plants and can save you from having to water multiple plants. Trailing Algerian Ivy is a great choice for a container garden, and the Hardy Needle Palm is one of the toughest trees on the planet. A beautiful container filled with colorful annuals is sure to add visual interest.

Before planting your plants, make sure to break up their roots. You can do this with your hands, or with a dull knife or pruning shears. Make sure the crown of the plant is level, where the stem meets the soil. Next, tamp down the soil around the plant and give it a good drink of water. You may also want to add a layer of mulch around the base of the pot to help prevent it from drying out.

A container’s design should compliment the style and personality of its surroundings. If you want your container to remain outdoors all year long, choose one that can withstand the intense sun of southern climates. For example, southern gardeners need a pot that won’t crack. Look for pots that match your personality, style, and landscaping needs. And remember that the most important feature of a container is proper drainage. Many pots already have holes in the bottom for proper drainage, but if you don’t see one, you can always punch it yourself.

The composition of a container garden is an art form in itself. It can be a wonderful way to define a space, accent a border, or add color to your plantings during the off season. Containers can be permanent parts of the garden or temporary accents when you need them. They don’t cost a lot to move around. And rearranging your containers is an excellent way to keep your composition fresh. Relocating them may be necessary to re-pot certain plants, depending on the season. Keep in mind that plants may need some time to recover from the move.

When selecting plants for your container, make sure to consider the amount of space available. If you don’t have much space, go for a smaller container, but don’t forget that smaller plants are also important. Choose plants that can grow in small containers, such as geraniums or creeping strawberry begonias. Their compact growth habit and peppery spice make them an excellent choice for container planting. The smaller container, if you’re working with a limited space, might be more efficient.

A container garden that contrasts with natural plants is a great way to add character to a space. A carefully curated collection of modern containers embodies warm metal tones. On a mantel, a handsome planter in slate-like finish blends succulents with ‘Joey’ ptilotus, a bottlebrush native to Australia. The base is anchored with a dwarf golden arborvitae and large-leaved kalancho.

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