Are you ready? It's time for our 14th annual photo contest! Enter your best pictures of the year, for a chance to win a calendar and annual subscription here. Hurry! Deadline for entries is October 21.
I voted for mixed containers since we always have our two Sweet 100 tomatoes in big white containers my husband, Jack, made, on either side of the driveway. Right now the seedlings of spinach have sprung up (different varieties in each box) and the tomatoes will be planted around Memorial Day.
We have Mandevilla vines that spend each winter indoors and then go out to the "hose hider" (on wheels) that Jack made. This year I'll add some morning glory seeds and moonflower seeds to each pot of Mandevilla and add the Passion Flower that also spent the winter in the sun room.
In addition, I have many pots of annuals (caladiums, coleus, other annuals) for the courtyard, by the driftwood, and for the terrace.
This year I will have shrubs, namely Mock Orange 'Snowbelle" and "Josee lilac". I have brugs to go out, elephant ears, canna, jasmines, , rudbeckia "Cherry Brandy" will be in a container. Also will put Flame grass, heliotrope,Stocks, lobelia, petunias, French marigold,nicotiana, Coleus, Cleome, dalias and various other annuals started from seed. I also have Hibiscus x chinesis and mandevilla.
Last fall I put cardboard down and leaves and bordered it with large containers and whiskey barrels to place all container plants either in pots or directly in the ground. Last year they were spread all throughout the back and front yards and inevitably I forgot one or two till the snow hit and I figured they were toast. Hoping to not make the same mistake this fall.
I have a grand total of 60 containers that are filled and displayed throughout our 1/2 acre lot.
I have cucumbers in a large 20-ish gallon size pot, with a 3-tier tower set inside that - herbs are in the 3 tiers. Then I have different tomatoes and beans started in 5-gallon grow bags. I also have a few different Ipomoea growing in two other grow bags. I still have clover, marigolds, and malva sylvestris waiting to be put into smaller pots.
There will be pretties on the deck, so mom can enjoy them. I also put some broccoli and lettuce in a couple. I just got a little Japanese maple 'Green Cascade' that is small, so it is in a pot. I put a weeping redbud 'Covey' in a large pot that I buried a little so the branches could really weep, other wise I'd have had to cut them off.
Anything and everything. From sweet 100 tomatoes and herbs to annuals and perennials. Front yard, back yard, side yard. Window boxes, hanging planters, decorative planters, clay pots. I love container gardens.
My citrus - lemon, lime & orange - are all in pots.My backyard garden really doesn't get full sun, so these are all on my large front porch to take advantage of full sun. Plus I can move them under a temporary shelter when we get one of our rare freezes. Ditto the miniature peach tree.
Tomatoes - full size & cherry - are also in pots. They can sit on the patio where there is full sun. Plus this year, DH wanted to try upside down tomatoes, so we made out own version. A huge plastic tote bag filled with dirt with 2 holes for tomatoes on either side, hanging on a large heavy, plant pole.
2 large desert roses so I can bring them in in the winter. Morning glories - my first experiment with them & I don't want wild MGs taking over the entire garden. Mint in a pot since that will they over the garden. A large pony tail palm, because I never could decide where to plant it in the ground. Several orchid cactus - I don't think they can take even our mild winter cold.
Gee, I really do have more in containers than I realized!!
Oh, I forgot about the cactus pot. I just started this past week. I remembered because I seem to have a small cactus spine stuck in one of my fingers & can;t get it out.
My containers ARE my garden. I have 2 EBs (which have their own DG forum: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/boxgardens/all/) One has gradually filled with VERY hardy perennials. It's outside year-round, often frozen solid for weeks Jan-March. The other gets rotated with assd 2-3 gallon pots & hanging baskets to avoid illness & bugs. I don't get much sun, so I usually have one nightshade vegetable (eggplant this yr), and and assortment of wildflowers, herbs, and old favorites from heirlooms to the 1950s. I also have a grapefruit tree and a few tropical foliage plants that get to come outside to play for the summer. It's almost time to dump my soil, mix in a healty amt of lime, 15% new soil, some shredded dry leaves to prevent compaction, & about 40% new compost (free from city - price is right), replant, & start the season over again!
I'm using mine as a temporary home for plants going in my landscaping. A couple are backup plants (they were free) in case any in new beds don't make it. Others are plants I want to keep but have pulled from my front yard as I'm landscaping it this year.
I only have 4 containers at the moment. Two have chives and I have 2, 1/2 wooden barrels. One with strawberry plants and the other with 2nd year rhubard. I'm looking forward to harvesting some from it this year. I plan to add more containers of herbs. I am toying with the idea of a couple containers for hydroponic veggies since I saw Alohahoya's thread on the subject. I also want to get some daylillies in pots. I don't have much room to grow in and I dedicate all of it to veggies but I love daylillies so I am putting some in pots for my front porch. It's actually nothing more than a strip of concrete but it's where a porch would be so I call it my porch. LOL I can sit on it and watch the traffic pass while I rest from my gardening so mayhap that qualifies it as a porch of sorts. It collects stuff like a real porch.
Cajun, It's the only thing I can grow in them. Even in our Texas heat, I never hand water the pot. It gets rain and minimal water from the sprinkler. It's still has not bounced back from winter, but here's a link to a picture of it in 2007 (first year): http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=4004896
Lilies, cannas, nasturtiums, begonias, succulents, gingers, geraniums and penstemon. I overwintered the containers by moving them under the eves up against the house and covering with floating row cover. I see sprouts so it looks like they made it.
And luvly dahlias they are too roybird In containers I do tomatos, basils and artichokes (in the greenhouse), outside - cannas, callas, dahlias, and mixes of annuals and perennials that change every year depending on my mood and what I have on hand.
My most decorative containers are grouped Agave attenuata in two large Mexican style terra cotta containers with handles, and Adenium obesum in nice verdigris terra cotta containers (actually too small for them now - they've just grown too large!
I voted vegies & fruits in lieu of an all of the "above" or "other" choice. Lemon, loquat and satsuma fruit trees. Herbs from bay to basil including licorice. Too many tomatoes if that is possible and blooms on the squash and peas. Plus bloomers for the pollinators. The hummers and wrens love it already.
Can't wait... but now, I need to go cover it for the frost night.
Podster, that looks great! Hemophobic, I am droooooling over that container, gorgeous color.
I am growing everything in containers and far fewer things in the ground. I currently have planted out (in containers) kale, spinach, leaf lettuce, some radish and bunching onions sprouting among those.
I just discovered my tomatoes have all germinated inside -- there will be 8 or 9 grow bags for them on the deck. As well as the Mexican Midget out in the ground.
I have chamomile, thyme, sage, dill (just starting) and parsley (just starting out there), basil still inside. Most of this will be container grown. I also have too many lavender seedlings to put out downstairs so will container some of that too.
I have three varieties of Digitalis seeded, the third of which has been problematic to start but I think I saw a bit of green today. Snowpeas are planted out in their container and doing beautifully, well, so far, LOL!
I have glads to plant, they will mostly be in container but I may risk a few outside. Iris will go outside as the deer will not bother them I am told. But also up here in containers will be morning glories (two kinds germinated so far) marigolds, and probably some of the other annual flowers I am seeding.
So far, so good. I plan to have vining flowers along the deck rail as well as lemon cucumber, who knows what all else I'll get into. ;-)
staceysmom- I used to grow tomatoes (Sun Gold-the only kind I like) & peppers but I got tired of fighting (and losing to) the raccoons.
The blueberries I share with the birds.
My cousin's wife is from Appleton! In fact they were there last week for her dad's funeral.
podster- I wish the weather would warm up! I'm itching to sit at my table with a cup of coffee and my morning paper.
This shot was the 1st taken in May 2008. You can get a better idea of the space before it gets filled with growth.
This shot is all perennials. I don't get any annuals until about the 3rd week of May.
The blueberry is just before and to the left of the bench (to the right of the 4 pots of daylillies surrounding the birdbath)
I grow lots of stuff in pots. Some because I want to overwinter them in the greenhouse and its easier to move a pot than dig up a big plant. Veggies because of the (ugh) grophers. Some because of too much shade or sun where I have room in the garden. Tropicals, veggies, trees, annuals, vines. its all fun.
I've started using the "fake" (lite foam) half whiskey barrels to grow vegetables and other stuff around our pool area, and they look great. I use one as a water garden too, and another hosts a Sago palm.
I also have several small citrus trees (Meyers lemon, Variegated Lemon and Satsuma orange) in large containers (on wheels, since they have to make frequent trips in and out of the garage as the weather changes.)
Most of my small herbs are in various ceramic pots. A couple of potted cactus are hanging around on the patio too.
Around the front of the house I have two of those lovely, spikey purple Cordylines in urns flanking either side of our sidewalk, with tri-colored sweet potato vine dangling over the side of each. Very nice color combo.
I'm growing a mixture of annuals, perennials, vegetables, etc. Because we just built a new house I couldn't get my plants in the ground for the last couple of years. So I just potted up things. Eventually I hope to get everything planted, but it won't be this spring, I'm nursing a fractured ankle. Sure does slow progress down when you can't walk around well. Bummer!
oooooooooh Cajun - I almost forgot to mention that I also grow portulaca in my boxes that hang on my chainlink fence! How could I forget such lovely little "rock roses"???? They are startling, in their beauty, aren't they!!
Portulaca is one of my favorites:) They look like crepe paper flowers and are very forgiving plants too and great for full sun locations.
My containers have pretty much everything annuals from seed, bedding annuals, herbs, daffodils, lilies, brugs, glads, hosta, heuchera, daylilies, TB iris, clematis and I attempt a couple of tomatoes and peppers each year.
I usually grow alot of annuals and herbs in containers. Also, love to make hanging baskets. Will not be growing anything this year because we are getting ready to move. I am packing all my containers (ones worth saving) and waiting until we have our new home built before I unpack them again. I already miss going to the nursery and starting stuff but not going to mess with it while we are held up in an apt. since it will be temporary. I am telling everyone I am about to be homeless LOL
I'm a primarily container grower because I live in rental housing and I have had to move house a fair bit so pretty much ANY kind of plant is fair game, although the cacti and succulents are my favourites. My smallest pots are 1 inch wide grow tubes and my largest ones are the permanent housing for my biggest succulents and palm trees. My last house move included 6 moving van loads of potted plants!
This Agave was photographed 2 years ago at my previous house, shortly after I potted it on - the pot is about 3 foot wide at the rim and is about the biggest size I use. Scarily, it has grown A LOT since then and the central leaves now exceed 4 foot each!
Herbs, annuals (wave petunias, other annuals for color), a few perennials, cannas, elephant ears. RIght now pots of pansies that will withstand our "Spring-Winter" weather. Oh yes, a couple of grape tomatoes for munching without going to the garden. Much of the geraniums, cannas, herbs get over-wintered in the heated garage.
I have hanging baskets with both annuals and perennials, depending on where I put them and the need for sun/ shade. I love to fill large containers with mixtures of plants with the "thrill, spill, fill" method. All of my tropicals are in containers and are brought into the greenhouse in winter. They are brought out and placed around the waterfall/ pond in the spring. This year we are doing a lot of veggies in large plastic tubs with draiinage holes drilled in the bottom. DH makes his own containers for "upside down tomatoes. I also will have herbs in containers this year. They were wintersown, and are just now ready to plant.
I have many...over 45 now...large pots with all types of plants and plant mixtures. From a Mandarin Orange Tree to some Supertunias I just purchased. Lots of Tropicals that go in a greenhouse over the winter. Then some we leave out all year round.
I believe it is official...we are plant freaks. :-)
I usually force 40 pots of bulbs over winter each year in addition to 40 or 50 pots mostly filled with bulbs for the summer. My favorites are the dozen large pots of Gloriosas (pictured, Pineapple lilies to left).
Like KaylyRed, I prefer annuals so I can change the look every year. It's fun to come up with new combinations as the mood strikes me when I'm flower shopping, or as I get inspired looking at gardening magazines, etc. I always have a few pots of herbs, too - some perennial, and some annual - because I love to cook with fresh herbs.
Ouch, Skaz, rub it in! : }
I can't grow anything in containers for displays, though I've tried. I forget to water them. I do grow all my tropicals in containers though, then sink them in the ground in the garden, pot and all. So far I haven't killed my coleus, mandevilla, cordyline, bulbine, gardenia, liriope, Japanese maple, sweet potato vines, or fountain grass...
I use containers for everything that must come inside during winter. I do many vegetables in containers, including tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, and herbs. I like to plant tender bulbs in containers. I have a tendency to procrastinate too long when it is time to dig them out of the ground and end up losing them. They are easily retreived from pots. I love containers of colorful annuals scattered about the yard.
Wow you guys are lucky, I am still figuring out the best way to get enough water and not too much. I need to put those Cham Wow's to good use as wicks. I have a huge cat mind pot that is so bushy and not fussy at all, but most of the other stuff is less pretty and it is mostly roses, because of gophers here.
I voted for perennial plants & vines. The first part is correct. We have 4 half barrels where we can plant a dwarf iris (pumila) a species so we can weed easily and see what they are up to had a better height that 4-5" off the ground. They like skree conditions so soil is not too deep. Big rock sre in the bottom (easy in NE) and soil is the top 1/3 of the fill. Some like it, some don't, often those you really wish to keep. However in that much soil, they will winter over nicely. The vines turn out to be enterprising weeds, which get tossed.
I have all kinds of stuff in containers. I have tomatoes, brugs, thumbergia, dutchman's pipe, lemon, banana, orange and norfolk Island pine in half 35 gallon barrels. Then I have pots of passifloria, mandivia, elephant ear, morning glory, and a host of other things in pots from 1 to 5 gallon.
I have so much stuff I am rooting in pots as well as new stuff just coming up. So I do alot of container gardening. I am going to plant some of this in the ground but just don't know when I will get around to it.
I grow a lot of bulbs in containers because as one starts to fade, it can be switched out with something just starting to produce flower buds. I also grow allot of herbs and veggies in pots. My secret to keeping my best veggie beds safe from gophers was to buy six of the huge wooden bins they use for picking apples. I got used ones from a local orchard for $5 each!! I lined the bottoms with aviary netting and then filled them up with a half and half mixture of soil and steer manure. It was ALLOT of work 8 years ago, but it has been worth it ever since. No worries about gophers getting my potatoes! This is a photo of my dwarf peach, which is 25 years old and has never needed to be pruned. I can't wait for the show it puts on every spring!