For several reasons I started to do a lot of container planting at least 5 years ago.
For one thing, our deck gets a lot of sun, so we put in 35-gallon containers for tomato plants and other small vegetables. We also had a garden with a highly invasive plant so I pulled all the lilies and put them in containers. Then it seemed that the foliage plants did so well in containers and wintered indoors, and we were well on the way. Certain zone 8 and 9 plants are started indoors. Now when a plant is not happy we try moving the container to a happier location. Plants that get sunburned go to a northern exposure with partial shade.
I like to mix different plants with similar watering needs, but sometimes I goof and one of the plants seems to take over. Creativity via necessity. What do you do?
I grow a lot of things in containers around my garden for a number of reasons - it gives me some spots of color on the patio, where everything else is hot, hard surface and it lets me put some 'seasonal'
things out for the summer, then bring them back in for winter.
Pic 1 - the patio with pots of hibiscus and dwarf canna growing in a Chinese bowl. (the paper lantern was part of the decor for an Asian-theme dinner party last Saturday).
Pic 2 - Sun coleus in pots lining the path to my garden.
Pic 3 - a round-leaf begonia that spent the winter in the basement under lights is enjoying the summer under a table on the patio, where it gets lots of indirect light, and I don't forget to water it.
Pic 4 - Mandevilla on a trellis in an urn beside the garden
Pic 5 - The Oleander topiary that spends the winter in front of a window in my bedroom, enjoys the full sun and heat in the center of the patio.
LG, no surprise that they are all outstanding—you have good taste. That oleander is quite a handful to overwinter indoors, and I love that foxtail fern. I'm not familiar with it, but it is very, very pretty.
LG: Love your foxtail fern! I keep mine indoors in winter and in shade from May through October. Seems yours can take more sunlight so I might give it a try. Thanks for the positive thought with it.
1. An old copper box that has been in use here for plants, for 20+ years. Every winter I anguish over what colors I'll use. Sometimes it works out beautifully and other times it doesn't. This year I hit upon an accidental pairing as I was bringing plants to the garden and just set down a heuchera for a moment - you all know how that works out! Then I added some caladium meant for shade (but the colors did appear to match!) and then some petunias, etc. I'm enjoying how it looks now...despite my original plans for it.
2. Here's an original very old clam basket that I used to cover a vacancy I created by removing daffodils after they bloomed. I should get a better photo of it but it's nice and full now.
3. A little planter chair we bought on Cape Cod a few years ago. Yes, it's those petunias again and the green Sweet Potato Vine! Every time I go to the mom and pop nursery she gives me more of each because she knows I love them so I'm forced to find good spots for them!
4. My unplanned purple pot has been a joy and hasn't needed any additional watering since the irrigation system obviously gives it all it needs. There's plectranthus, heliotrope, petunias and Persian Shield growing in it.
5. Though I envisioned this yard sale torch lamp with overflowing plants, it hasn't yet happened due to the heat and the fact I didn't give it shade while we went to Maine! I did find the same petunia and replanted it last week so I still have high hopes for it and will report back when it's lush...probably just before frost!
Arlene, these area all lovely. I am impressed by both of you! Such creativity.
I have the same lamp in 5 (I think it came from Bloomingdales about 50 years ago). The only plants that have "spilled" this year are the ipomoeas, and one has really taken over. The petunias that I include are ok, but the heat is choking them. Many of the plants that do well with less water (every 2-3 days) are really requiring more attention and movement to a partially shaded location.
I have 2 very large clay pots in my pool area. The first 2 photos are the lime/purple/orange I did last year. This year I decided to use the space for some edibles, so I mixed in mint in the center of the one that's more shady, and pineapple sage in the more sunny one. The mint is working nicely, working it's way gently through the other flowers, but the sage took over, I keep cutting it back, and of course that encourages it MORE! I love the flavor - I've been using it in fruit salads, I especially like it with mango, but I don't think I'll grow it in a pot again.
Even when they don't do much, petunias are one of those plants that help to make container shine. Cindy, they are nice complements and nice containers as well. Great combinations!
My inground sage was overtaken by some other plants, so this is the first year containerizing it as it winters well here. This year's sage is purple sage, and it seems to be keeping its place quite well for us, but you know the heat and watering situation these past few weeks. The nasturtium in this little herb garden did not do well, the basil ok, and the dill and rosemary are fine, the sage being the least affected.
I am growing hostas in containers now for a couple of years due to drought and horrible tree roots.
I also grow several tropicals in containers but this is one I really like which is a 3 pot planter that for the last few years have grown caladiums in. This is next to my glider and in a really shady spot. On the other side of the glider is the pot of red caladiums. I should of put something on top of the soil but thought the caladiums would lay down a bit. Next year I will add something.
Love those caladiums, Happ. I've been "messing" with caladiums for a while, and they say that if you de-eye, you will have fuller growth. I don't de-eye, but I did read that if you clip that large stems when they first appear, it will have the same effect. Now some of the containers have different sized foliage, and it's a bit confusing. The fuller growth has shorter stems.
I experimented with caladiums , hostas, coleus and 4oclocks. All my coleus were from cuttings that I made last fall and my faithful hostas came back from last year . This watering can was being thrown away by one of my daughter"s friend and I added a purple sweet potato vine.
Here are some shade containers I planted.
They are doing pretty good.
I am a little disappointed in the Praying Hands Hosta, I have 3 and they are really not doing anything. One I have had a couple of years and it hasn't done anything either...any one of any experience with these?
I have one of the praying hands hosta in a pot alone and it hasn't done any better or worse than the ones in the pot with the Heucheras. Just don't know about them. I had seen pics where they were in pots with necks and they really looked good.
Me too. Maybe someone has done that and will know. I'm just not familiar with that one. Perhaps it's just slow to develop. I had a hosta start that a friend gave me several years ago. It sat for a couple of years doing very little but this year it has almost filled the pot and is blooming. It's a smaller one so I thought it would grow more quickly than the larger ones but that hasn't proven to be true.
Some hostas but none of these are but not the one I was talking about ...
I bought Praying Hands last year and it got planted in the ground which had special compost, etc. added to it. Unfortunately, that variety isn't doing well for me. Since I got tons of rain, most of my hostas, even the other 20 I got last year did extremely well. Mine is barely limping along. I am very disappointed in how poorly it has done for me.
Very interesting Cam. I nursery person told me that the giant hosta Wu cant remember full name was really slow to start but like you Praying Hands is not giant and I expected more. Time will tell I guess but so far wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Cam, it's lovely. Although it looks very nice, I have never used that fibrous material for lining. Do you need to water it more often or does it hold water well? You would think I'd ask at the nursery, wouldn't you?:)
cathy I don't know about Cam but I have a few pots like that but I water everyday. I have heard if you can line them with a diaper and put the peat down then the diaper and then the soil. The diaper will hold the water in, also heard if you put a plate in the bottom it will help also. I have not tried any of the suggestions tho.
We container the deck to make the huge space look more cozy. Every year about this time I think I will weed out half of the jungle but then the next june comes and it looks sparse.
Here are a few from a couple of days ago.
Caladium Florida Sweetheart,coleus
Railing planter portulaca and succulent
wire teacup with sempervivums
The Kalanchoe Flapjack and annual sun lover impatiens and portulacas
Luv those, Jo Ann. I've had K. flapjack and it is a favorite of mine. I do favor succulents and cacti. The small planter with the sedum in the last shot is very sweet. Luv that. Also the tea cup planters. They are all interesting. Thanks for sharing.
They do sometimes tend to get leggy. They are monocarpic plants so they bloom once and die. It's fairly easy to propagate them before that happens. Take some small leaves from the base of the plant or the lowest plump leaves if the plant is already leggy. Put them in a shady place for about 3 weeks to callous over. Then you can put the calloused leaves in well draining soil that is just damp, not wet. Set in a warm, shady spot. Mist the soil to keep it barely moist, never wet. It usually takes about 3 weeks for them to root. The big thing is not to over-water.
Thank you ge1836 and Cville, one of my friends gave me some chicks and hens a few some years ago and I leave them there all year round.My dark purple coleus were made form a cutting I got from a friend in Pennsylvania .Every fall I make cuttings of all my coleus
Joyce, I bring in my containers for everything except the Heuchera and, of course, lilies.
If you are concerned about insects, give them a little pesticide bath or spray a few days before bringing them indoors. A little spray of something that tastes bad on the foliage and a spritz on the soil of whatever suits you best. I would not bring them in for a few day.
I never (keeping my fingers crossed) seem to have pests on the caladiums or begonias, but I'm always ready for a surprise.
Thanks Cathy, I bring in several tropicals and I worry more about insects in the soil, like rolly pollys and such. ee's and brugs I have problems with spider mites and fight them all winter in the garden room. I have to be careful what I bring into the solar room because it is hot and dry. So I like to hear what other people do so I can learn lessons easier instead of the school of hard knocks...rofl.
I use the Bayer tree and shrub soil drench treatment on succulents before bringing them inside for the winter but on other plants too. A number of people who grow succulents use this treatment. One treatment and good for the entire year as it kills insects and fertilizes. Unfortunately, they have reformulated the product so you have to be careful what you buy. Dominion Tree & Shrub has the same amount of imidacloprid systemic insecticide with no fertilizer. And Bonide systemic Houseplant insect control also has imidacloprid in it at a much lower rate. A lot of people use just the imidacloprid treatment without the fertilizer.
Thank you so much. Think I will start that tonight. Hopefully have a month until frost. Sides just bought a new pot for my succulants so I want to redo them for winter. I had stuffed the bottom of the current pot with "stuff" old plastic pop bottles and such, but I think something is living in there and with my luck it will be a snake...sort of creeps me out. So the transplant of succulants could end up being one of the most looked at videos if that is what I find! rofl. Did I say that creeps me out...ughhhhh
Yes, anyone can join in the threads. Love your epiphyllum. I grew a lot of them on our lanai patio when I lived in CA. They could be outside year around there. I have a couple here growing from cuttings people have given me but they are still too small to bloom. They stay in the garage over the winter.
Not much water...hummmm, must of been why one bloomed one bloom last summer in the middle of our 100 degree days and I had missed watering for some time...hummm. Fertilizer, I have got to get better about doing that especially potted plants, they luck out in that when I transplant them they do get soil with fertilizer in it if it is still good that is...
Just had an idea after helping DH organize a few things in his building...
See any similarities? They might need to be a few details worked out but:
This second picture is of a set of storage bins is ideal for storing nuts, bolts, screws and other small parts around the shop! The bins feature reinforcement fingers to create a lip for hanging them off the wall to save space. 20 molded mount bins and five wall mount brackets are included to make this a great set of storage bins to keep your garage or workshop organized and tidy.
• Ideal for storing nuts, bolts, and small parts
• Includes 20 molded mount bins, five wall mount brackets
• Reinforcement fingers create lip for hanging bins
all for $9.99 which I think is amazing from Harbor Freight. Might also be a good way to start plants...
Second picture are the containers from harbor freight. Now granted the first set does have a drip cap at the bottom, but... If you don't have a harbor freight close to you, you can order online...