Photo by Melody
Congratulations to all our photo contest participants! Check out the winning photos here. We will have the 2015 calendars available to order from Zazzle soon.

Container Gardening: Staging a Container plant display

Communities > Forums > Container Gardening
bookmark
Forum: Container GardeningReplies: 22, Views: 493
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 5, 2011
10:52 AM

Post #8355453

Pirl, a member from DG saw my message that I had posted wanting ideas how to elevate container plants on my breezeway and she came up with these articles written by Steve Silk from Ct. who was an Editor and photographer for Fine Gardening. He has his own blogspot now. Just google his name and you'll find several articles written by him and his blogspot. His idea of how to stage container plants is more on a larger scale than mine would be but one can gear it to your own space confinements. He also wrote an article called Thrillers, fillers and spillers that I found interesting and I think will benefit container gardeners. It certainly gave me inspiration how I could use certain plants in my containers. Hope it will help other gardeners as well. I'm sure there are many other articles he has written for Fine Gardening. I love his use of color in pots and in patio furniture.

This message was edited Feb 5, 2011 2:56 PM
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 5, 2011
7:56 PM

Post #8356383

I just started doing it last year. I love the flexibility and I have bad water pressure and vermin. If I move it is a lot easier on me and the plants to move with me too. It is great to move the pots around to fill in blank areas or areas I have not yet got established so they look like they are.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 10, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8365223

It's usually not the weight of the container itself that's heavy but when filled with soil, it does get heavy to move. I have been filling in bottom of the container with large nursery pots, turned upside down and that takes up space as well as uses less potting mixture. One year I filled the bottom up with styrofoam peanuts and the next year, I went to change or add to my potting mixture and what a mess those peanuts were. I have seen where people use the foam peanuts but put them inside a plastic bag before adding the potting mix. If another year, they want to change the soil, they don't have to pick the peanuts out singlely..just pull up the bag and throw them away. Why couldn't you use the peanuts, cut a layer of landscape cloth or plastic with lots of drainage holes in it before adding your potting mixture and plants? I think either way would work and makes the containers lighter to move.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2011
6:16 PM

Post #8365314

Ditto on those peanuts - way too messy!
Chocolatemoose
North Pole, AK
(Zone 1)

February 10, 2011
6:37 PM

Post #8365346

I use the empty six pack cells from seeds started indoors or purchased at the local nurseries. I also collect my plastic water bottles during the winter and throw bunches of those in. They don't end up at the landfill and the plant roots just grow down and around them...think we've all done the loose packing peanuts thing...once :-)
mstish
Portland, OR
(Zone 8b)

February 10, 2011
6:49 PM

Post #8365380

I tried peanuts, I wasn'y smart enough to put them in a bag. AARRGG!! Never again.
Now I use plastic soda bottles or cans or unside down small nursury pots.
Shucks...I'm getting older and lifting is becoming difficult.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 10, 2011
7:53 PM

Post #8365555

I have used all the above too. The peanuts blow in the wind here, they are a pain. I like the 6 packs from plants too, also sometimes I have used bubble wrap.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2011
7:13 AM

Post #8425962

Glad I read about the peanuts.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 22, 2011
2:41 AM

Post #8442276

Spring is showing itself slowly.
I topped off containers and filled empty ones.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2011
5:15 AM

Post #8442461

This piece of driftwood ends up being my annual challenge for staging a container display. I use bricks to hoist plants (in saucers) to the right level. It's always a challenge.

Thumbnail by pirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 22, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8442527

lovely Pirl
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 22, 2011
5:59 AM

Post #8442548

Thanks, Jo Ann, but I keep thinking I could do so much better with the driftwood.

Thumbnail by pirl
Click the image for an enlarged view.

hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 23, 2011
8:07 PM

Post #8446414

Love it.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 24, 2011
2:46 AM

Post #8446618

My containers are ready for May.Can you tell I am impatient?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 25, 2011
1:59 AM

Post #8448718

Some melting but this was yesterday.

Thumbnail by ge1836
Click the image for an enlarged view.

hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

March 28, 2011
10:24 PM

Post #8457551

I'd cry. I am upset that my WS seedlings are dieing off with all the warm, freezing, warm, freezing nights. GRRR! If I had that I would not be in a good mood.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 3, 2011
2:32 AM

Post #8468178

Things are changing. Temps are warming,I'm smileing but no container planting for 6 weeks. Late May at the latest.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 3, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8468449

We'll both be doing it at the same time, Jo Ann, unless very early May is exceptionally nice.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 3, 2011
8:58 PM

Post #8470245

Pirl, your driftwood needs some wire vine. I will send you a start. Here it does not freeze. And maybe some baby tears. If you put a little bit of sphagnum moss on the driftwood, the baby tears would attach to it and go to town. When can you plant outside? Or you could keep it inside. Probably in the same pot.

Yesterday we were in the high 80s, tomorrow mid 70s and Friday in the low 60s. Crazy weather. Sharon.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 3, 2011
11:05 PM

Post #8470370

So sweet Sharon
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2011
5:53 AM

Post #8470691

Thanks, Sharon. I'll post photos when it grows. We can plant outside by 4/15.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

April 4, 2011
6:51 AM

Post #8470799

Do you have sphagnum moss? I think I would mix the sphagnum moss white wet, with a small amount of potting mix. Lots of time with the baby tears, I just place it on the moss and then pat some dirt gently into the mat of baby tears. It is better to cut the baby tears apart than pull. Here it prefers shade but there it will probably grow in full sun because of your humidity. I am up early because I went to bed early and Vern is snoring.

I have finish work to do today and boxes to get ready for mailing. The cannas I dug to give away all dried out. I thought I knew what I was doing but now I am sure I do not. I kept them to dry because I did not want them to rot.

It is amazing how your mind loses track of time and I as a gardener have way to many fingers in the fire always. Later, Have a great day. Sharon.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8471154

Yes, I do. I'll follow your advice.

We all get so busy it's amazing we accomplish 75% of what we have on our lists.

You cannot post until you register and login.


Other Container Gardening Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Growing tomatoes upside down BittysGarden 112 Jul 19, 2009 5:51 AM
Raspberry Plants in Containers MummyOF4dolls 23 Mar 27, 2012 4:00 PM
Flower Pouches? nathalyn 80 Sep 11, 2008 10:49 PM
Growin' bags kwells 53 Aug 24, 2008 3:12 PM
How to make papercrete containers. Tomtom 424 Oct 13, 2014 10:48 AM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America