Containers play a large part in brightening the spots of the yard where gardens just don’t fit (Google / KWCH)

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Sue Kittek Garden Keeper

As we move outside for the summer, containers play a large part in brightening the spots of the yard where gardens just don’t fit.

Containers provide moveable, changeable plantscapes that soften and naturalize the edges of our decks, patios, driveways and balconies.

They can also provide an opportunity to display a prized plant or create a scent garden near any seating area.

There are some basic guidelines that increase the chances of success.

Here are a few to get you started:

Select containers that have drainage holes.

Use a potting mix, not garden soil. Fertile garden soil, while wonderful in the garden, is heavy, has questionable water drainage and retention abilities, and can contain all sorts of fungus, disease and pests.

Select plants that have the same or very similar needs. Consider water, sunlight and soil conditions when grouping plants.

Place pots where you will remember to water them. Potted plants dry out much sooner than those in the ground. Check daily; in hot weather, some pots may need watering two or more times a day.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.