By Trey Pitsenberger, co-owner
Since earliest times, people have needed and enjoyed
plants. Where the climate was unfavorable, or the soil
or water was scarce, containers made it possible to garden
anywhere. From the owner of country acreage to the city
gardener who’s “land” extends no further
than a balcony or a windowsill.
Container gardening is truly and art. But it is well
worth learning. Setting a stage for container plants
enhances the beauty of each plant, and its beauty is
also enhanced by the very fact that it is in a container.
The range of plant material is endless, indeed. Many
plants seem to show up to much better advantage growing
in containers than they do in the garden. Japanese maples,
spiraled conifers, and weeping cherry trees make great
focal plants. You can create a water garden that delights
the eye with its beauty and the ear with the sound of
moving water. Many vegetables, herbs and annuals can
be grown in containers. For shady locations, plants such
as azaleas, tuberous begonias, pieris, and ferns will
There are many kinds of containers available. Clay pots,
wooden boxes, barrels, tubs, ceramic, metal and plastic.
All should have drainage holes in the bottom except when
using containers for water gardening, where the container
should hold water.
TIP: Use FOXFARM OCEAN FOREST POTTING SOIL. It is organically
formulated for indoor and outdoor container plants. Use
Osmocote time release fertilizer to feed the plants.
Container gardening can be practiced anywhere, on a
porch, window sill, or near a pool or pond. And best
of all, with plant or water container gardening you can
make you home a beautiful and happy place.