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Container Flower Gardening - Understanding The Advantages Of Container Flower Gardening

Dec 11, 2007
In case you do not have adequate space for a decent outdoor garden, there is no need to lose sleep. More and more people are being lured by the container flower gardening process and you too, can join this trend.

Moreover, this kind of gardening is not the sole domain of the upwardly mobile city dwellers. In fact, even people having extensive outdoor gardens, wish to make elegant their interiors with the use of attractive shades and scents and most gardeners set off their open-air garden with an al fresco container garden, either to beautify the area or to thwart some charming, but undesirable, plants that tend to damage and overrun their garden associates. Now, container gardens are a means to grow plants inside your home since the external environment is not conducive to their growth.

In addition, container flower gardening gives you the benefit of keeping a fresh and vibrant flower arrangement throughout the gardening season. When a specific plant variety is in bloom, you can smugly exhibit it in its attractive container in all its glory; and once the flowers begin to fade, you can carry off the container and put back another flower holder, brimming with plants in bud.

The container flower gardening technique is just right to manage perennials that have to last their life cycle, from blossoming to fading away and repeating the process all over again. Cheerfully place them prominently shown when in season, but take them away and put them in a remote corner when they are through with their flowering season. When they revive and brighten up, they take center stage once again! In this fashion, it is possible for you to make over your garden whenever you feel like it.

Customarily, the best selection of containers to be used for container flower gardening are wooden drum, planter boxes, flowerpots, and hanging baskets.

However, there is no firm and fast rule regarding the need to tread the traditional path; you can give free rein to your imagination! In fact, gardeners have availed of plastic milk pitchers, transparent plastic bottles, or milk cartons, making perforations in them for drainage and bedecking them with wrapping paper, foil, or any other multihued object. Buckets manufactured from any material, can be utilized, as also baskets and strong fabrics such as canvas or denim (which need to be lined).

Another possibility is to line the base of cookie jars with small stones and wire net to ensure proper drainage and these can be used as containers, and you can cover the wire net with peat moss in order to create a hanging container for plants. There are people who have also employed abandoned bathtubs!

Basically you can draw on almost anything to be utilized as a planter in container gardening. However, you need to address the requirements of plants, which make this container, their dwelling place. Every container should be fitted with drainage holes.

In addition, you should find out how deep the roots of a specific plant tend to grow, as well as the manner in which they grow and select a most suitable container. For instance, the roots of a strawberry plant do not go very deep and they do not require big containers, but since their roots tend to spread out, they require a wide container.

Ensure your container can suitably handle the problem of expanding ice-covered soil in case you reside in cold clime. If you are considering planting a sizeable, heavy flower, in a container to be set outdoors, ensure the container is heavily built so that it is not turned over by a strong breeze.

Also give due consideration to the materials used and the colors displayed in a container, and what they so indicate. Now, darkly shaded containers take in considerable heat and this may result in the soil becoming parched. It is preferable that you grow plants in containers with pale colors, or else keenly observe the water needs of any plant kept in a darkly colored container.
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