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dave

April 6, 2009
9:46 AM

Post #6370914

There are a total of 387 votes:


I'm growing colorful annuals.
(55 votes, 14%)
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I am growing vegetables and fruit plants in mine.
(35 votes, 9%)
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I have my tropical collection in containers.
(35 votes, 9%)
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I have roses and other shrubs in mine!
(9 votes, 2%)
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My containers have perennial plants and vines.
(26 votes, 6%)
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I have a mixed collection of container plants. (tell us !)
(205 votes, 52%)
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I am not growing anything in cointainers this year. (why?)
(22 votes, 5%)
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valrita

April 6, 2009
10:38 AM

Post #6370988

Actually, my containers will be mostly herbs. There will also be some annual verbena for the front planters.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 6, 2009
11:03 AM

Post #6371028

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.

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cececoogan

cececoogan
Waukesha, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 6, 2009
11:08 AM

Post #6371034

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.

This message was edited Apr 6, 2009 7:16 AM
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 6, 2009
11:47 AM

Post #6371117

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.
Hemophobic
Kannapolis, NC

April 6, 2009
12:05 PM

Post #6371167

I have two new large containers that I recently purchased and have ordered Salvia chamaedryoides (Mexican blue sage) to plant in these, along with something else yet to be determined.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
12:13 PM

Post #6371195

I have 14 containers that vary with the whims of my mind.
This year they will be mostly coleus and annuals mixed.
Here are a few combos
Pirl sent me here!

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
12:14 PM

Post #6371200

most of the containers are 18"

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
12:15 PM

Post #6371209

I have just started to include a swatch of the container with the plant combos

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
12:16 PM

Post #6371212

The last one for now.

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Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6371301

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.
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
12:47 PM

Post #6371322

Last year I did annual vines in my 2 new large containers (20") - mandevilla ('Alice DuPont') and cup & saucer vine. Since pirl already posted a gorgeous pic of her mandevilla, here's my cup & saucer.

I also grow my whole veggie garden in containers. For those of you haven't read my articles, here's a link to one if you're interested.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/1651/

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staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 6, 2009
1:16 PM

Post #6371449

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.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
1:19 PM

Post #6371457

WOW absolutly lovely.

JuJu55

JuJu55
Jasper Co., MO
(Zone 6b)

April 6, 2009
1:30 PM

Post #6371498

I have herbs, hostas, daylilies and lilies...
jomoncon
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 6, 2009
1:56 PM

Post #6371613

I have a really mixed bag of container plants.

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.
Jo-Ann


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holeth
Corpus Christi, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 6, 2009
2:02 PM

Post #6371645

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!

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
2:22 PM

Post #6371747

Herbs, lettuce, have a few planters that have perennials in them that I sink in the ground every winter so they'll survive.
dparsons01
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2009
2:51 PM

Post #6371894

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.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
3:18 PM

Post #6372083

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.
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 6, 2009
3:26 PM

Post #6372129

Not too many containers, but they are a mix. In the back, I have 3 containers: a rose ('Maggie'), annuals (million bells) & a other (black bamboo).

In the front yard bench area, I have a tree (meyer lemon), an annual (euryops daisy), and a strawberry pot with agave and sedums.

I also have two pots which flank my front porch with spike dracaena (cordiline ?), which has lived through the last two winters, and dragon wing begonia added in each last week.

On each side of the house, I have two pots with trellis's which had mandevilla in them last year but will have Cup & Saucer vines this year if the seedlings make it.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #6372150

I have a strawberry jar but have not been successfyl growing strawberries in it. I may try succulents and have bettr luck. Can't have worse.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 6, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #6372159

Tomatoes, strawberries, Morning Glories, lobelia, and other trailing flowers that will be in my window boxes.

I also put some houseplants out, when the weather is nice, in my small greenhouse :-)
sweezel
McKinney, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 6, 2009
3:38 PM

Post #6372197

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
chrisw99
Los Altos, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 6, 2009
4:00 PM

Post #6372285

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.
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #6372468

sweezel
That's really nice. I love portulaca. Maybe I'll go with that. It's easy to grow. I had some in my beds before I went to veggies.
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

April 6, 2009
5:26 PM

Post #6372752

Mine are a real mix. Plants are added and pulled out and moved around. I know two half barrel containers will be dahlias, for sure. I also have vegetables, herbs, etc. Camellia in a pot.

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dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 6, 2009
5:57 PM

Post #6372926

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.
momcat
northeast, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 6, 2009
7:45 PM

Post #6373421

My containers are primarily annuals, but I do have some tropicals in containers, too.

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2009
7:46 PM

Post #6373433

Vines, roses, annuals, perennials, shrubs & bushes - living in a townhouse with limited garden space I use containers fro nearly everything!
LariAnn
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 6, 2009
8:56 PM

Post #6373715

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!
zhinu
(Laura) Olympia, WA
(Zone 8a)

April 6, 2009
9:19 PM

Post #6373803

I have herbs, flowers (annual and perennial), onions, leafy and succulent perennials, no vegetables as such, though I'm starting tomatoes.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 6, 2009
10:47 PM

Post #6374211

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.

Behold the poor mans potager! LOL

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gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6374795

With over 160 pots...
Vines, perennials, annuals, a couple of trees, lilac, and a blueberry bush.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2009
1:14 AM

Post #6375023

C'mon Nancy - show everyone your beautiful container garden!
gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #6375199

LOL!
OK... you asked for it!
Here it is beginning of Aug 2008.

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Kylaluaz

Kylaluaz
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2009
1:49 AM

Post #6375226

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. ;-)

cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2009
2:06 AM

Post #6375355

I have about 30 large containers with mostly daylillies but manage to get in tomatoes,peppers,cukes,strawberrys,sedum,mums,annuals lillys and herbs.
staceysmom
(GayLynn) Appleton, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2009
2:56 AM

Post #6375650

Wow! gabagoo that is really something! And a blueberry bush to boot! Beautiful!
roybird
Santa Fe, NM

April 7, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6375714

Gabagoo, that is one great looking container garden! And a good picture, too.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2009
3:48 AM

Post #6375880

Gabagoo ~ I love that photo. Feels like I want to want thru and see what all is growing.

I am glad to see containers "rule" here!
gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
4:10 AM

Post #6375968

Thanks, all!
I have no in-ground planting. The area is totally bricked. Everything is in containers.

roybird- I took the picture from my bedroom window. Every Saturday morning I take a picture so I can watch my garden grow.
Here's the 2008 series-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlf/sets/72157604860857933/

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)


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Kylaluaz

Kylaluaz
Richmond, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 7, 2009
4:15 AM

Post #6375986

Very inspirational! ;-)
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 7, 2009
10:44 AM

Post #6376430

Annuals for me.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 7, 2009
11:07 AM

Post #6376467

no gardening today

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podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2009
11:58 AM

Post #6376592

Look at that! You're growing snow in that container.

So sorry... spring really is on the way.

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DesertPirate
Fallbrook, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 7, 2009
4:13 PM

Post #6377657

My son built a couple of wooden "window box" type containers last year. They sit on a pony wall that perimeters my front porch. I grow herbs and strawberries in them.
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2009
8:43 PM

Post #6378760

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.
Linda
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2009
8:52 PM

Post #6378808

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.
melsalz
Mooresville, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 7, 2009
10:30 PM

Post #6379260

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!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 7, 2009
11:21 PM

Post #6379500

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!!
dmac085
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2009
2:52 AM

Post #6380428

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.
Katye
Sammamish, WA
(Zone 7b)

April 8, 2009
4:42 AM

Post #6380863

Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, herbs, tropicals & a wide variety of annuals/perennials.
weed_woman
Coffs Harbour
Australia

April 8, 2009
8:53 AM

Post #6381081

Broms and succulents

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senlarrs
Harrisburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 8, 2009
11:01 AM

Post #6381210

Weed_Woman, simply beautiful, just beautiful!!!
KaylyRed
Watertown, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2009
4:32 PM

Post #6382320

I tend to stick to annuals in my containers--that way I can change them up every year.

But I'll also grow some tomatoes and peppers in containers. I'm just going to have to hunt for the sunniest spot in my new yard with access to water, which might not be such an easy task!
FlipFlops
Brunswick , GA
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2009
9:48 PM

Post #6383550

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
dahlianut
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

April 8, 2009
9:53 PM

Post #6383577

It's very exciting to have a whole new garden to plan FlipFlops.
Kaelkitty
Adelaide
Australia
(Zone 10a)

April 9, 2009
12:46 AM

Post #6384289

Hi All,
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!

Ciao, KK.

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

April 9, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #6384433

That is an amazing plant! I'm still stunned at 6 van loads of plants being moved!
Edens_Gardener
Clay Center, KS
(Zone 5b)

April 9, 2009
1:49 AM

Post #6384517

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.
ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2009
5:03 AM

Post #6385278

I have potatoes in my tall container - AKA a trash can, also a Meyer lemon and Mexican lime in other containers. So I chose veggies and fruit.

But, thinking about it more, I also have tropicals that I have to move inside each winter in pots, so I guess I goofed!
yardqueen1948
Emory, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2009
6:27 AM

Post #6385400

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.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #6386029

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. :-)

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 9, 2009
2:31 PM

Post #6386222

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).

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 9, 2009
2:33 PM

Post #6386237

Some forced this year.

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ceejaytown
The Woodlands, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 9, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #6387403

morganc - When the path to the doorway is obscured with plants, I would agree that you qualify as plant freaks. LOL!! Very pretty, BTW.
ImaMes
Camdenton, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 9, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #6388122

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.

gabagoo - Wow! That is amazing!

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 9, 2009
10:17 PM

Post #6388403

ceejaytown--The door is not totally blocked...the pot on the left is on a roller and can be moved when necessary. :-)

ImaMes--Love your Coleus Combo

gabagoo--Wow, indeed...how ever do you keep it so neat and tidy? Want to come do my patio? And we have an Aunt in Yonkers...small world.
ImaMes
Camdenton, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 9, 2009
11:07 PM

Post #6388631

morganc - Thanks! I just happened upon these at one of the nurseries I visit every year. They had not had these varieties before and I just loved how they looked together.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 9, 2009
11:54 PM

Post #6388856

Ima - great color combination there!
skaz421
Wesley Chapel, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 10, 2009
10:00 AM

Post #6390312

I never grow anything in pots.

My entire garden is tropicals.

Steve

canna Patens

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kTalia
Littleton, CO
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #6390806

Herbs in my containers mostly as well with a few annuals.
cue_chik
Palm Coast, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 10, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #6391850

Im not growing much in containers as i have trouble keeping container grown plants alive. However, plants in the ground seem to thrive.
trioadastra
Ellsworth, WI
(Zone 4a)

April 10, 2009
11:19 PM

Post #6393123

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...

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2009
3:21 AM

Post #6394088

This is my Spring Container photo taken today.
In about a month out with the spring bulbs in clay pots and in with
the coleus.

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gardn_whisperer
Sarasota, FL

April 11, 2009
4:33 AM

Post #6394298

I have various containers including 16 earth boxes.

Growing: tomatoes roses brocholi strawberries gardenias

mint peppers orchids petunias blood lilies

silver falls cotton cosmos marigolds magnolia

stargazer lily tomatoes


and more
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 11, 2009
4:35 PM

Post #6395722

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.
ImaMes
Camdenton, MO
(Zone 6a)

April 11, 2009
6:32 PM

Post #6396137

pirl - Thanks!
skaz421
Wesley Chapel, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2009
7:27 PM

Post #6396313

GardenGuy - nice picture.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

April 12, 2009
12:21 AM

Post #6397252

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.

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

April 12, 2009
12:42 PM

Post #6398820

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.

WillowWasp

WillowWasp
Jones Creek, TX
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2009
11:27 PM

Post #6400785

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.
PedricksCorner
Freedom, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 13, 2009
4:33 AM

Post #6402129

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!

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Tina_A
Caddo Mills, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2009
9:38 AM

Post #6402470

I have tropicals, fruit trees, annuals, elephant ears, caladiums, tomatoes, lettuce. peppers, and okra in pots.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2009
12:36 PM

Post #6402814

Tina_A ~ this is the first year of Okra in pots for me and I found a smaller one but am curious which one you grow?
mekos
Fair Play, SC
(Zone 7b)

June 10, 2009
9:22 PM

Post #6669861

Lotus and water lilies

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