Container Planting 101

Posted on June 1st, 2020

With summer fast approaching, it means more time spent outside, with more cookouts and family gatherings on decks and patios. To create a welcoming space that everyone will enjoy, dress up your outdoor areas with beautiful custom containers for a colorful focal point.

Putting together a unique container might sound overwhelming, but we’re here to help! Just follow these simple steps

Pick the perfect container:
Pick the right size pot for what you are choosing to plant.
Whether plastic, clay, glazed ceramic, or wood, just make sure each container has drainage holes, which are necessary for the health of your plants.

Pick your soil
Picking the right soil will set your plants up for a great beginning. Depending on what you’re planting I recommend the following:

Organic potting soil for your herb and vegetable containers

Container mix for any of your annual or perennial container plantings. This mix contains starter fertilizer and water- holding polymers perfect to keep your container looking its best.

Professional potting mix for any of your houseplant container pots. This is a lighter weight soil ideal for most houseplants.

Add a fertilizer:
Don’t forget to add fertilizer to all your containers. We have many to pick from but one of our favorites is our Van wilgen’s slow release.

Pick your plants:
Remember each pot needs a thriller, a filler and a spiller. A thriller is the tall show-stopper in the pot. Next, you need a filler, which is a mid-height back up for your thriller. And then there is your spiller, which is something that will cascade over the pot doing its own thing but-yet pulling it all together to finish off the perfect look!

Remember to have fun and be creative!
Add in your family’s personality and style while choosing plants. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. This is a great project you can do together with your kids for memories that will last a lifetime.