Tips for Container Gardening

At GreenWay, we have thousands of annuals ready to brighten up your yard. If you want to plant  your own, just follow the signs for the appropriate plants for sunny or shady areas. And talk to the staff about which plants will do best with little care, or are a bit more like divas and need extra attention. 

If you don’t feel like planting your own, our “GreenWay Selfies” are the perfect way for you to make your own container garden without doing any work. Just pick one up, tip it into your own pot, and behold your perfect planter.

Here are some tips for creating the best containers.

1) Establish the Size of Your Container Garden
Make sure the container is large enough for the plants, at their mature size, and the  soil.

2) Provide Good Drainage
Always have drainage holes or at the very least, a 1-2 inch layer of gravel at the bottom of the container.

3) Soil Requirements for Container Gardens
Use a good potting soil mix with peat moss, perlite or vermiculite. A mix will retain moisture longer and still drain well.

4) Choose Plants with Similar Cultural Requirements
Select plants that will be happy with the same amounts of water, sun, heat and food. Favour plants that can handle the hot and dry conditions of containers

7) Judging Sun Exposure
Container gardens heat up much more quickly and intensely than in the flowerbeds. On the hottest summer days, most containers will welcome some relief from the full mid-day sun. For containers in shade, consider putting them by a wall that can reflect some light back.

8) Watering Container Gardens
Lack of water can quickly kill plants in a container garden. Check your containers daily for water needs. Check twice daily in the heat of summer and with smaller containers.

9) Fertilizing Container Gardens
The roots of container plant can’t spread out to look for nutrients, so you need to ensure that you fertilize regularly. You can either mix in a time-released fertilizer when planting or a water soluble fertilizer every 2-4 weeks.

10) Keeping Container Gardens Fresh
Deadhead (remove the old flowers) your plants often to promote reblooming.  

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