This year I am trying my new container planting method with my patio plants.
I’ve moved to a new place and don’t have much sunlight in my yard. I also don’t know how the light will change over the season.
Indoor & Outdoor Plants In One Container:
Below you see geraniums and other plants mixed with my house plants.
I left the plants in their individual containers and just set them down in the galvanized tub.
I’m doing this because I don’t want to lift heavy potting soil right now.
And also because I don’t know how the tree in my yard will affect what little sunlight I get. It doesn’t have its leaves yet.
Setting the individual pots down inside the big tub means I can easily move them around. Because as summer progresses, temperature and light needs will change.
Testing Period For My New Container Planting Method:
This is my testing period in a new garden space after having moved to a different apartment.
At my old apartment, I had so much sun that many plants withered and died.
Here it’s the very opposite. I have a lot of shade to deal with both in front and in back.
If I planted the plants into pots with the soil now, I wouldn’t have as many choices as I do with this method.
My Potted Japanese Maple:
Ron and Pat sit in their rockers on their patio and look straight at my patio and yard. They told me they are enjoying the view of my Japanese Maple.
I had neighbor John move it from my patio closer to the sidewalk so other people could see it.
My potted Japanese Maple is so pretty in the springtime.
It needs to be repotted, but I’ll have to have help and I haven’t decided which pot it should go into yet.
I wish I hadn’t lost the Gingko Biloba butterfly tree winter before last. It would have been so lovely here.
This Method Gives You More Options:
With this method of gathering lots of plants into one large container, it gives you more options.
You can move the plants around as summer progresses and light and watering needs change.
And you can also accommodate each plant’s watering needs because you can water them individually.
Steps For New Container Planting Method:
- Choose one large container (galvanized tubs and very large containers work best)
- Bring various plants to the container and choose their position (it can be changed at any time)
- Move them around until the view is most pleasing to you.
- Water each plant container as fits that particular plant needs
- Enjoy your container of plants and change them out as much as you like
So if you’ve moved to a new area and are not sure where to locate your container garden, you might try this method. At least until you learn more about what summer changes will bring to your yard and garden.