Tips for Planting Successful Containers

| 5/27/2009 8:19:25 AM

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CindyMurphyBlog.jpgEarly last week, we had a freeze warning. I was glad I waited to pot the annuals I purchased the previous week; dragging flats of plants outside the garage during the day, and back inside at night is a whole lot easier than hauling planted pots and flower boxes inside and out.

By mid-week though, I decided to risk it – it’s near the end of May; surely the temperatures shouldn’t drop into the thirties this late, right? (I’m keeping my fingers crossed.) I use containers of all sorts around my yard – their versatility finds their way into almost all my gardens.

Most flowering shrubs and perennials provide their colorful display for only a few short weeks. Annuals provide non-stop color all season long.

Potted plants can brighten a shady area.

Brightening a shady spot

Or be used to provide interest in an empty spot in a garden.

Cindy Murphy
6/21/2009 1:43:18 PM

Good luck with the "greenification" of your concrete slab, Kirsten. Hope you decide to go for it - it's amazing what greenery does not only to liven up an area, but liven the soul too.

Kirsten Hudson
6/17/2009 9:16:55 AM

Cindy, Thanks for these tips! As a college student, I live in an apartment with a concrete slab for a backyard. My roommates and I were hoping to liven it up with some potted plants. However, we all have brown thumbs. So I'll definitely keep your tips in mind when we start attempt to pot some plants!

Cindy Murphy
6/5/2009 9:12:49 PM

I'm not sure, Michelle. All comments were wiped out on one of my other posts a couple of months ago too. GRIT had changed servers that time, and the change was probably the reason. The main page changed today - I've got headers again! I haven't had headers here in months because my ancient computer doesn't download the site properly. At least I can navigate around much easier now. I did see your comment about the bulb blog; I wrote it down - probably in a vain attempt to remember in fall, but I'll try. They say the memory is the first thing to go, no? Maybe not - but I forgot what is. Take care, Michelle. Hope your garden is coming up lavender soon.

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