Container Gardening

Container gardens are the ideal solution for those who love gardening, but have little space to plant their favorite flowers. With this type of garden you have the opportunity to plant a wonderful selection of vegetables and flowers, but instead of using the land outside, you use small containers. If you are trying to find out more about container gardening, read the article below.

Choosing the right plants for your container gardening

Container gardening is not very expensive but it can be time-consuming. However, if you do not have the time or energy to water your plants, choose plants that do not require much water.

  • Plants with very strong roots
    Large pots are mainly used for intensive crops or whose root system is important (deutzia, hardy geranium, but also squash, tomatoes …) because they offer the space and the possibility to hold a good amount of compost. Their weight provides stability and are useful for tall plants such as shrubs or conifers, citrus, banana, boxwood, oleander, bougainvillea, clematis, passionflower …
  • Seasonal flowers
    The little space they offer is particularly suitable for seasonal flowering plants, bulbous, perennials and small plants (ageratum, nasturtium, cyclamen, impatiens, daisies, cactus, rock plants and alpine plants …). The cultivation of such plants can also give you the opportunity to use many recycled items: buckets or watering cans, old pots, wicker baskets, etc.

Choosing the right pots

Plastic, terracotta, metal or wood … the diversity of materials can leave you speechless when you have to choose which plants to plant in your gardening container.

  • Terracotta
    Terracotta pots are porous, meaning that the roots can grow into a drained and ventilated environment. Watering will just be more frequent than in airtight container. Even the simplest terracotta pots can enhance the decor of your house. However, be careful as terracotta breaks easily, so handle it with care. Note that terracotta containers, especially those of large dimensions, are difficult to move once they are filled.
  • Wooden containers
    Wooden containers are mainly used for shrubs. Wood is a good insulator (it avoids temperature differences for roots) but can rot if it is in contact with moist soil. To increase their lifespan, you can treat the wood with ecological products, or coat the inside with a plastic tarp (the container becomes impermeable to air and water).
  • Metal
    Light and aesthetic, zinc, the most commonly used metal provides little insulation. Roots can suffer from hot and cold temperatures. It is best to use as a cache-pot. Otherwise, consider piercing the bottom of the containers to allow water to drain.
  • Plastic
    Plastic pots keep water longer, but they do not allow the plant to breathe. Beware of excess moisture! Plastic pots are easy to handle but are less stable than terracotta pots, especially if you want to grow larger plants.