Gardening with Large Flower Containers

Gardening with Large Flower Containers

Large Flower ContainersPatios and small yards with more concrete than dirt can still become beautiful flower gardens. Create and define the garden of your choice by using large flower containers as a foundational design element. The structure and material of large flower containers, along with complementing flowering plants, direct paths, create spaces and serve as a focal point or center of interest. Growing tall plants in vertical containers provide privacy and give the illusion of a larger garden area. Medium shaped pots with flowering shrubs along with horizontal containers planted with groupings of bulbs, annuals, and perennials create contrasting levels of variety and color. All styles of gardens have a defining look from contemporary, traditional, rustic, natural, cottage or traditional English garden. Style and type of flower containers help define the style of garden. Carefully choose and arrange pots of different sizes and shapes to bring contrast and harmony to your flower garden.


Priorities for Large Flower Containers

Depending on the climate, special precautions are necessary. In freezing conditions protect the plant’s roots by wrapping the pot with an insulating material like burlap, plastic coverings, or bubble wrap. Closely grouping plants and insulating them together helps, too. Move plants near warm areas, such as the side of the house. Winter rain can puddle up the concrete, stone, or another non-porous area under plants. Raising plants up on bricks, a short metal stand, or other appropriate means, will help prevent plants from standing water, providing air circulation and avoiding root rot. Equally important are the adverse conditions of excessive summer heat. Some materials are more insulating and regulate temperature and moisture better than others. Metal containers heat up easier than terra-cotta or glazed earth-ware and are better suited to summer heat than metal.


Though container gardening is easy to maintain, the plants still need regular watering and fertilization. Drip irrigation with a timer gives steady, regular watering and is adjustable for more frequent watering in the hot summer months. Larger, heavier pots remain stationary so choose hardy plants. However, smaller containers can always be moved to compensate for adverse cold or hot conditions. Small fruit trees or other deciduous trees, planted in large containers, provide partial shade for bulbs and annuals in low, horizontal pots.


Types of Plants for Large Flower Containers

A variety of plants creates a supporting role for a focal point in a container garden. Many types of dwarf fruit trees grow well in large containers. Several are trained to grow against a wall in full sun, producing fruit. Peaches, lemons, cherries, and nectarines are a few of the fruit trees that flourish in this manner. Old wine barrels cut in half, make excellent large containers for dwarf trees.


Annuals and Bulbs bring bursts of color throughout the spring and summer months. Petunias, sweet peas, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, irises, dahlias, gladioli, cannas, cyclamens, geraniums, and crocuses are just some of the many flowering plants that thrive in large flower containers. Climbing plants with fragrant flowers, like sweet peas, create a beautiful background climbing on a trellis. A few bulbs that bloom at different times, layered together in horizontal pots deliver flowers throughout the season.Flowering shrubs add background height and supporting color to bright colors used as a center of interest.


Large Flower Containers

Large Flower Containers 2Large flower containers bring out the character and nature of a garden. Modern gardens use containers of geometrically shaped designs. Sleek, tall, slender metal and fiberglass materials set the stage for a contemporary garden.


Glazed earth-ware, terra-cotta, and ceramic planters are appropriate additions to cottage gardens. Their smooth and textured surfaces and variety of color compliment foliage and blossoms. Other containers with cottage related themes, like old wells and buckets work well in this style of garden. Lightweight, polyurethane, containers, resembling evergreen logs, give a woodsy look to rustic and natural gardens. Wheel barrels and carts make good containers for a group of small potted plants used as a focal point.


Traditional gardens include stone and cast stone large containers in forms of urns, vases, and jardinière. They have classical ornamental designs that vary in height and width. Although other materials are used, such as metal, and ceramic, the defining element for traditional gardens is a classical theme, such as Roman, Elizabethan, or Victorian.


The variety and types of large flower containers available provide ample choices for all styles of gardens. From small patios, wood decks, and concrete yards, any container garden is possible. There are no rules to hold you to a typical style of garden. An eclectic design with a combination of traditional choices can blend well, personalizing your flower garden retreat.


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