Because perennials come back year after year, they are great to have in your garden. They are low maintenance and low cost, but you might miss out on some of the beauty of the spring and summer season if you stick to just perennials. Add some unique colors to your garden, patio or walkway with annual flowers.
An easy way to plant and care for annual flowers is to create smaller gardens in flower pots, window boxes and hanging baskets. Growing annuals in your flower beds in the yard is a great idea but there a several benefits of growing them in containers instead.
5 Reasons to Grow Annuals in Containers:
- Experiment with different types of plant combinations
- Get creative with what you plant them in
- Can move containers around to the ideal location
- It’s easy to do—even for beginners & kids!
- Perfect for those with limited gardening time or space
There are a few things to think about when starting to plant annuals in containers. First, consider the sun, wind and shade requirements of the plants you are choosing. Also consider flower color, texture & height—how they look alone and in combination. Ask yourself, is the plant compatible with other plants together in the same pot? It’s better for the flowers if you combine the ones with similar needs, but sun-loving plants that grow above shade-loving will sometimes work out.
There are hundreds of plants and flowers that thrive in container gardens but we’ve picked out a few to get you started.
You can get pretty creative with the type of container that you use. There are just a few things to keep in mind.
- Containers should complement the plant, not overwhelm or outshine it
- Containers should be sturdy but not too heavy
- They must have drainage holes.
- In most cases, containers should be at least 6 inches deep. Taller flowers need deeper containers.
- Cascading plants and vines work well in hanging baskets
- Get creative—use old boots, wheelbarrows or something else that adds character to your garden
Before you dig in, take a quick look at these tips:
- Make a clean start. Always use a clean container. And use a superior potting mix that drains well and isn’t clumpy like Espoma’s All-Purpose Potting Mix.
- A different kind of deadhead. Keep annuals blooming throughout the season by “deadheading” them. When flowers begin to die, just pop off the seed head with your fingers to encourage new blooms.
- Get closer with your plants. Just a sidenote—remember, you can plant annual combinations closer together in containers (4″), because their roots won’t compete
- Feed ’em right. Feed plants regularly with high quality organic plant food, like Espoma’s Plant-tone or Flower-tone. Follow the application rates on the package
- Hold your water. Watering needs vary by plant. In general, don’t flood, but thoroughly soak the soil. Excess water should exit through drainage holes in the pot. You shouldn’t see any puddles at top.
Information for this post came from Espoma.