Landscaping your space does not simply mean plotting out each and every available square inch of soil with foliage. More often than not, you will find that using garden pots for some of your herbs, vegetables, flowering plants and evergreens can provide that unique aesthetic appeal while giving you easier means to move your plants around wherever and whenever you feel like it.
Incredibly, there are some people who only ever use garden pots if they want to have a bit of greenery inside their homes. But if you take some time out to really pick out a few great options, your garden might benefit greatly from a good display of outdoor potted plants too. Here are some tips on how to choose both indoor and outdoor pots that you can use.
1. Choose garden pots that will accentuate the beauty of the plant and not overwhelm it. The thing is: many people get carried away when it comes to choosing the pots they think would look good anywhere. Naturally enough, there are no written laws that say you cannot use pots with ornate designs, intricate carvings or screamingly loud colors… and with hefty price tags to boot too.
But if you really want to display off your potted perennials or that bonsai tulip poplar tree that you have been carefully caring for, you might want to choose a less decorative container. A good tip would be to choose pots either in deep earth tone colors or those in the darker shades of green if you want to put in a few vibrantly colored foliages.
2. The same is true if you are planning on potting a few herbs inside your kitchen. Choose the pots that are low and functional enough, so that you can tend to the herbs with as little fussing as possible. The last thing you need is to worry more about the vessel rather than the actual living plant enclosed within.
3. Drainage is important for both indoor and outdoor plants. Blooms and evergreens planted directly on a patch of soil will have no problem draining off excess moisture. The soil will simply absorb the water and the sun will help keep off the rest. Potted plants on the other hand, need a bit more help.
First of all, try to ensure that the pots you buy have holes where excess water can run off. If your area is particularly prone to receiving several inches of rainfall per year, and you plan to pot a few greens outside, you might want to choose containers that have several holes for better drainage. This way, you do not have to worry about your greens drowning under a deluge of unexpected rain.
One way of knowing whether the draining hole is large or sufficient enough is to test it. Pack the container with soil until 2/3 of it is filled, and then water the soil until it overflows. If it takes several minutes for the water to go down, or if the water does not run off at all, then increasing the size of the hole, or adding one or more holes on the side of the pots may be in order.
Clint writes for Garden Pots Guide where you can learn all about garden pots including garden hose pots and other ideas to make your gardening experience more enjoyable.
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