Container gardening is a boon for those who do not have a sprawling landscape to fulfill their desire for gardening and greenery in their homes. You don’t have to give up on your green thumb simply because of the lack of space to pursue it. Growing plants in small containers, or container gardening gives you enough space to create a small garden in your patio, thereby giving you a little bit of both worlds. What’s more, with the variety of container gardening plants, along with the different types of containers that can be used to grow them, have led to the emergence of unique and creative designs for container gardens. Here, we give you some tips on container gardening, that will help you express your love for nature in your personal style.
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Tips to Create Container Gardens
Creating a unique and interesting container garden design requires the use of certain tips and tricks. If you want to create an attractive garden, the thumb rule is to break through traditional barriers and norms of design and get as creative as you can. Also remember, the success and the beauty of your container garden largely depends on the kind of lighting that they require and that they are exposed to. Keep in mind all these details before you set about designing a beautiful container garden yourself. Take a look at some of these tips in creating an attractive container garden.
The type of container you use makes a whole world of a difference to your container garden. Start with the shapes of the containers. Not every pot has to be the regular round, terracotta pot. Go for different colors, get creative and paint your pots if you like. You can also opt for a variety of different materials including ceramic and stainless steel pots. Finally, go for pots of different heights to create interesting level differences that add to the aesthetic appeal of your container garden. You could also hang your pots which adds a whole new dimension to the visual appeal of the garden.
Depending on the kinds of plants you wish to grow, there are different ways in which they can be used to create an interesting container garden.
- If you want to create container gardens with flowers, you can opt for flowers of the same color, or different shades of one base color. It could be blue and purple, or pink, red and purple. On the other hand, you could choose a completely contrasting color scheme such as pink and blue to alter the design of your container garden.
- Make sure that the color of your plants and pots do not clash with each other. You must ensure that the pots and the flowers make a good combination on their own. Similar is the case with creating a vegetable container garden.
- Choosing different shades of greens, along with various textures, also adds to the beauty of a garden. Do remember, that the texture of a pot combined with the texture of a plant can make an outstanding design effect.
- Plant varieties for containers also help in adding to the beauty of a container garden. Ideally, a container garden should have a combination of these 4 types, namely, thrillers, fillers, accents and spillers. Thrillers mainly add height to your garden as they are a variety of upright plants. Use these where you would like to create an illusion of height. Fillers, on the other hand, provide the effect of a rich, lush garden. Accents are meant to highlight your garden, so a dash of burgundy leaves among greens is what will create that extravagant factor. Spillers refer to plants that spill out of and over the pot, and into another pot. These also give the illusion of a rich lush garden. Create a combination of these as another option for a focal point in your garden.
Not all plants have to be kept together. Create clusters of plants that are similar, in sunlight and water requirements as well as those that create a focal point together. Decide on a suitable location for your plants. You could make the cluster of pots of different heights, textures and colors, a focal point, and then have a few containers strewn here and there. Creating a pathway by placing container plants along the edge of a path is another way of adding interest to an otherwise regular garden.
Whether you need container gardening designs for your patio, a deck, or a garden, there is a lot you can do to accentuate it even further. Add to it accessories such as water features, unique landscape lighting, wind chimes, and other small figurines to complete your container gardening design.
How you create designs for your container garden completely depends on your idea of what beauty is. You know that the effect of greenery and the brightness provided by certain plants is definitely pleasing to the senses. Use it in a manner that heightens this sensitivity, so that not only do you have something that soothes your eyes, but also has the ability to relax your mind after a stressful day.