Finding the Best Plants for Your Container Gardens

Not every plant will grow well in a container garden. Fortunately, you can find plenty of varieties of flowers and vegetables that do that you probably won’t even miss the old, traditional gardening methods.

Check out the following varieties from the staff at Homestead Gardens to try in your container garden this summer:

Flowers:

Most flowering plants adapt well to container gardening, including tropical plants. If you want to grow flowering maples, begonias, angel’s trumpet, jasmine or hibiscus on your deck, get your plants started in a container that you can bring inside when the cold weather strikes. All you need to do is transport the container plant to a warm, sunny spot inside the house for the winter. To make your containers decorative, consider the rules of height. Choose a tall plant for the center of the container, shorter plants to go around the taller plant, and vine plants for the edges that will cascade down the sides of the container for a beautiful effect.

Vegetables:

Perennial vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb, as well as blueberries and raspberries, do not do well in container gardens. Unless you build a supporting structure, tall plants like corn and tomatoes can struggle, too. If you have a deep enough container you can grow root vegetables like onions, radishes and carrots, but potatoes are not recommended. Herbs do very well in containers, and many herbs like thyme, basil and oregano don’t mind crowding together in a container. Leafy plants also do well in containers. Just be sure to move the container to a cooler spot during the hot summer months.

Unlike flowers, you will need to spread out your thirstier plants more. Tomatoes, for example, tend to drink more water, and too many plants in the container can result in their going thirsty.

If you have any questions as you’re planning your containers for this growing season, be sure to ask a Homestead Gardens staff member. You’ll be sure to enjoy the bounty of your gardens all summer long!

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