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In The Garden with Lu – Planters and Flowerpots

Container gardening can be very rewarding, bringing colour and flowers to an area that otherwise would not be possible. However, it does not come easily as pots, planters and hangers require daily attention, picking, cleaning, untangling, deadheading and especially watering.

Daily water is required, and when the heat rises, they will require 2 waterings a day. Here is where your local irrigation tech can help you . If you have an irrigation system, your tech can add a zone that will only water the pots, planters and hangers. 2 minutes in the morning and afternoon is equal to 2 cups of water a day. Adding this convenience can free up a lot of your time, allowing you to enjoy our pots, planters and hangers.

Flowerpots

Flowerpots come in various shapes and sizes and can be easily moved to different locations to beautify and add color to the landscape.

Traditionally pots have one main flower for height, ex: Cana lily, surrounded by lower growing annual then followed by a trailer such as ivy or Creeping Jenny. Hence the term thriller, filler and spiller. Choose bright eye-catching colours. Pots are generally full sun, so choose your plants carefully. Think of pots as mobile gardens.

Planting Technique: Often follow the “thriller, filler, spiller” method:

  • Thriller: A tall, eye-catching plant (e.g., Canna lily) that adds height.
  • Filler: Lower-growing annuals that fill the space around the thriller.
  • Spiller: Trailing plants (e.g., ivy or Creeping Jenny) that spill over the edges.

Placement: Typically, in full sun; select plants that thrive in such conditions.

Concept: Think of flowerpots as portable gardens that can be repositioned as needed.

Planters

These larger planters are not as mobile as pots, and are most often used as a privacy planter, where gardening is not possible. These larger planters can accommodate all your gardening needs and can add cozy surroundings to your landscape.

Hangers

Were do I put my hanging baskets? Well, most hangers are full sun so be certain they get at least 6 hours per day. Other hangers can tolerate more shade and part sun. Hangers are meant to fill a void. Most hangers are put on porches and areas where they want to add colour, vertical interest and brightening up spaces where ground planting is not possible.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance includes picking, cleaning, untangling, and deadheading.

Watering is essential for container gardens, often requiring daily watering. In hot weather, twice-daily watering might be necessary. If you have an irrigation system, consider adding a zone specifically for watering pots, planters, and hangers. 2 minutes in the morning and afternoon is equal to 4 cups of water a day. Adding this convenience can free up a lot of your time, allowing you to enjoy our pots, planters and hangers.

Summary

Container gardening can transform otherwise barren spaces into vibrant, colorful areas. Despite the effort required for daily care, the visual and aesthetic rewards make it worthwhile. By carefully selecting and arranging plants, and ensuring they receive adequate water and maintenance, you can create stunning and dynamic outdoor displays.

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