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Creative Containers


We want to provide some fresh
container ideas to brighten up your garden or patio areas.  Give some of these ideas a go and let us know how they work out for you.

If you have to have a habit when it comes to your garden and patio areas why not make it trying to create new planters for your home.  Planted pots offer color, fragrance and beauty to all areas of your home.  By using beautiful flowers or lots of green houseplants you can create wonderful combinations that are decorative.


When thinking about how to create wonderful and healthy garden containers you have a number of things to consider.  Start with the plants needs.  Most colorful containers start with considering the soil, water, food and light needs your plants need.  You don't want water logged roots which will rot if there are no drain holes in the pottery.  Make sure to replenish nutrients that leach from the soil by fertilizing containers weekly.


Choose sunny spots if necessary.  When you choose plants think about where that container will sit when it comes to sun needs.  Try not to mix plants that have different needs so that they will all get along at the same time.  Avoid mixing them up to much and try planting one type of plant or flower at a time.


Make sure you use the correct potting soil so that your plants are given the best shot for a healthy production of color and growth.  When picking plants pick a combination of richly hued foliage and ruffled leaves and texture if possible.  Finally clustering containers together makes a wonderful and colorful display that really brightens up a porch or patio.

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18 Fruits You Can Grow In Garden Containers


Everyone dreams about growing fruit trees in garden containers.  How fun to see them grow, pick them when they are ripe and eat them in all their fresh deliciousness.  Imagine how fresh, no pesticides, how fresh no sitting in a truck and being transported these fruits will be.


You can grow a vase selection of fruits in garden containers.  Tree fruits, citrus & tropical fruits can all be grown not only in garden planters but indoors.  If you are up to the challenge growing your own food can be so rewarding. And, cheaper!


The first place to start is always finding a garden container.  Always go for planters with drain holes, make sure the planter is large enough and find containers that meet your decor needs.  Next is to learn how to maintain the type of fruit you choose and then find seeds or starter plants.


Below is the list of the ones recommended for containers:

Tree Fruits:

Citrus Fruits:
Dwarf orange
Meyer Lemons

Tropical Fruits:

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Start Now To Plant Spring Bulbs

 Plant garden bulbs now in clay flowerpots

Fall is here so now is the time to be thinking about planting the spring bulbs you have been dreaming about all year.

Whether you plant them in your garden or are thinking about trying to pot them up in a garden container, the fact remains that these flowers are stunning. And, so easy to grow! With a little effort up front you will be blessed with a ton of colorful flowers. The best part is that every year they will expand and increase in volume. Who can ask for anything better than that?

 1285-Stack-Bulbs-In-Large-Garden-Pottery-For-The-Best-Color-DisplayThere are a few ways to pot up bulbs but we would like to give you more details on how to stack them inside a garden flowerpotOf course, the first thing you must do is select the container that you will use to pot in. Do you like terracotta, the natural clay pottery that breathes and ages over time? Maybe you prefer a high shine glazed planterJust make sure that whatever planter you select you want to have enough room for the bulbs to stack. The larger the pot the larger display of color you will be rewarded with. Also, make sure that there is a drain hole in the bottom. If it doesnít then you can read more here about how to drill your own hole.

First, select the type of bulbs you want. Go to your local Nursery or Garden Center or order online. Most bulbs will need 6 to 8 inches of soil at a minimum. Take into account how tall they will grow. Since we are going to stack them, start by putting the larger bulbs on the bottom of the pottery. Did you put the pointed end up? Good! Cover with about 2 inches of soil and then start your next layer putting the smaller ones on top. When you pot them like this the smaller will bloom first next spring and the larger will fill in after. Try to have at least 7 bulbs in a pot and remember that the more bulbs the more blooms.

Lastly always use new and good potting soil. You canít use dirt out of the ground 1286-Cover-The-Bulbs-With-Potting-Soil-In-The-Planters for many reasons. Fill your pot with potting soil up to a few inches from the rim. Then move the pots inside the garage if they canít stay out all winter. Your bulbs may like the cold but not all garden pottery is meant to sit outside. Then when the weather starts to warm up move them outside and place in a sunny spot.

Good luck and share with us how you did!

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Let's Clean Our Garden Planters!


Since we are a number one source for garden containers on the web, lets share a tip on how to keep those pots healthy and looking good.

You say healthy?  Yes, we did!  You need to wash your pots and continue to keep them clean from season to season and here's why.  Pots that are dirty can contain pests, bacteria and fungus that can harm your new plants once they are planted.  Since plants and soil that are contained in a garden pot can't rely on the earths soil to help fight off damaging and unhealthy bacteria, you must be extra careful.  

Don't take this wrong.  We love garden pottery!  When it comes to growing flower or veggies in containers there is nothing more satisfying and creative.  Contained gardens are perfect for small spaces like a balcony or roof top garden, how about a different herb in each pot right outside a kitchen window. The possibilities are endless but we just want you to be cautious with your pottery so that you will have great success year after year.


Here are some basic steps.  Brush the pots to remove any dried dirt or debris that may have attached itself.  Fill a large container with warm soapy water using dish soap.  Add a cup of vinegar and brush thoroughly.  Rinse the pots off and leave them to dry outside in the sun or in a dish strainer in the house.
 Clay Pottery Drying in the sunshine after being cleaned

Now the pots are ready for planting.  This simple step should ensure that your plant will start healthy and remain healthy.  Potted plants, herbs, & veggies. Nothing better
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Shrubs - Plain & Simple.


Versatile and varied, tubbed shrubs enhance any garden
planter.  Many offer a different look for each season, brightening the patio area with changing leaf color, showy flowers and colorful berries.  Others, by virtue of striking shape or dramatic foliage look like beautiful sculptures.  Even ordinary shrubs when planted in beautiful garden containers can really shine and look quite exciting.  All these shrubs provide a rich, textured background for blooming annuals and perennials

Though slow growing shrubs naturally last longest in containers, almost any shrub can tolerate garden containers in general for many years.  Start out with a container that's a few inches larger all around than the pot that carried the shrub home from the nursery.

You can plant shrubs at almost any time of year, though it's best to plant in Spring in cold weather areas.  Many plants are happiest in standard potting mix but a few can handle a heavier mix.

In general potted shrubs need a monthly application of fertilizer throughout their growing season.  Select containers that you love that add color, texture and design to the area you will place them in.  Watch the root system on the shrubs to make sure that when it comes to time to repot that you are on top of it and the root ball doesn't become to bound up. 

Great shrubs to use are boxwood, camellia, winter daphne, silverberry, Japanese aralia, fuchsia, gardenia, hydrangea, holly, juniper, oleander and oregon grape.  Check these out and find the one that best meets your needs.  Good luck
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Cluster Your Garden Containers!

Increase the impact of garden containers by gathering them together in clusters and groupings.  It's easy and here are some tips.
Are you one of the hundreds of people who would like to add warmth and charm to your house, patio or deck areas, and do it for a small investment?  Here's how:


Choose the right container for your pottery needsSize, shape and color are all important and should be taken into consideration when deciding where to start.  You don't want a conflicting color palette with the color of your home or patio cushions.  When it comes to size make sure you scale where you intend to use them.  A small 6" pot, placed on each side of a entry door won't make much of an impact, but place them together on a patio table and they make a lovely and functional display.  Fill with herbs and create a herb garden with each pot holding a different type of plant.


Play the number game.  Groups of containers look better in odd numbers such as 3, 5 or 7.  But some truly compliment each other when placed in pairs.  These look stunning on each side of a home entry and should look like twins when it comes to not only colors but types of plants used.


Bring home unity.  Similar pots with similar colors help everything to appear unified and not all "willy-nilly".  This doesn't mean identical but clusters that share a similar style but have different diameters and heights.  We love it when you take all white planters and display them together.  Make each one a different style, height and use different plant materials and you will still have a unified look that is outstanding.


Plants & colors are both vary important elements to consider.  Choose plants that flower and add foliage to give your containers a balanced look.  Try to make sure that their needs for air, water and fertilizer are similar for the most success.  Concerning color, try to avoid the zoo effect where there are lots of individual specimens that don't go together.  Try to keep your color theme cohesive and soothing.


Lastly, set the stage.  Don't just use clustered containers outside.  Place them inside your home as well.  Place on steps, around elevation areas, where you want to draw attention to focal points.  Hang them on bare walls, use them to conceal unsightly views, or soften empty corners.  Vary the heights and you will find great "eye appeal and character.
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Simple Container Gardening Tips...

Planting in a garden container can be fun and easy to do.  We offer a few tips here on how to make it a complete success.

1.  Give potted plants the conditions they need.  Assess the site for your containers as you would for an in-ground planting.  Does the area get full sun, filtered shade, or deep shade?  Choose plants accordingly.  Is the area sheltered or exposed to lots of wind?  If it's exposed, you will need to install a trellis, windbreak, or other protections before putting your pots there.

2.  Use foliage plants lavishly.  They add structure and form to the garden and are a good foil for flower display.  They also create a point of interest in shade, especially  when you use glossy leaves that catch the light, or ones with white or yellow markings.

3.  Choose containers to match the style of your house.  Try not to mix too many themes and stick to one idea.  Remember that terracotta clay pots are low fired and will absorb the water you use.  They will dry out faster than a ceramic or high fired pot so take that into consideration when selecting the type of materials the pots are made of.  Concrete or poly resin are both very durable and almost indestructible.   Dark colored containers will absorb more heat than light ones.

4.  Pay attention to watering - the single most important step of container gardening.  If you have many pots, make it easy by trying some of the following devices.  A hose end nozzle with an off-on lever allows you to turn off the water between containers.  Long handled watering wands attach to garden hoses to extend your reach, they are perfect for hanging pots or pots in the middle of a large grouping.  Drip irrigation, which is a micro irrigation system that delivers water to containers through a network of thin tubes.  Automatic times work great also.



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