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Ornamental Grasses in Garden Planters


Growing ornamental grass in your garden planters is not only a fun way to decorate your home and garden, but it's really easy to do. These can create lovely, outstanding displays that add so much color and greenery to your pottery.  The beauty fills the area that the pot is located in and their loveliness spills forth for everyone to enjoy.  Here are a few simple tips:
Start by placing the garden planter where you want it to stay.  These grasses are a great way to create privacy because of their height. They are perfect for apartment dwellers who have balconies, how about to block a neighbor's view or lined up along your deck or patio area.  Since they prefer some sunlight daily you should make sure they aren't in a shaded area.

Make sure the garden
planter you select has a drain hole and is deep to handle deep root systems. This is not the time to use a garden bowl or wok pot.  Go with glazed, poly resin, concrete or a high fired clay.  You need a garden pot that will hold up to these deep roots.

Fill the planter with good potting soil mixed with perlite.  Water when the soil is dry. Don't let the roots sit in standing water.  Fertilize in the Spring like you would with most plants and don't over-do it. Always follow instructions for the best outcomes
. Try some grasses like Bamboo Muhly, Red Fountain Grass, Japanese Forest Grass or Blue Lyme Grass. These are all beautiful, colorful grasses that are perfect potted up and displayed.  There are others that are really unusual like Fiber Optic Grass, Miscanthus or Feathered Reed Grass. Try googling the term and you will find all kinds of suggestions.  

Good Luck and share with us how you do.

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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 2:50:07 PM 

Create an Evergreen Garden

Evergreen garden plants come in many shapes, sizes and shades.  Grouped in #containers they will provide you with year round interest and color.  Include some golen or variegated foliage among your evergreens and choose contrasting leaf forms to make a striking group.  Plant any time of year.
Materials needed:
Terracotta pots of various sizes
Crocks or similar material for drainage.
Equal  mix loam based compost and container compost.
Plant saucers if needed
Slow release plant food granuals

Plants materials:
False cypress
Berberis darwinii
Berberis thunbergii
Large shrubs such as this conifer, should be potted into a large container.  Place plenty of crocks or drainage materials at the base of the pot drain hole.  If the plant is at all potbound, tease the roots loose before planting in a new pot.  Fill around the rootball with compost pressing it down firmly around the edges of the pot.
Smaller plants like the bergenia should be planted in a pot slightly larger than the existing one.  Place crock pieces in the bottom, position the plant and then fill around the edges with compost.  Repeat with remaining plants.

Plants will stay moist longer if they are stood in saucers of wet gravel.  This group of plants will do well positioned in partial shade.  Water regularly and feed with slow release plant food granules in the spring and autumn.
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 11:26:45 AM 

New & Unusual Grasses For Garden Containers

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You can't open any architecture or gardening magazine without seeing ornamental or native grasses featured.  Only a few short years ago there were a handful of kinds to pick from.  Now there are tons more and all of them work well in a garden planter.  A number of reasons why they are so popular is they are low maintenance, look fantastic and they adapt to most climates.  Here is a list of a few grasses that deserve wider use in America's gardens.  While some are new, others have been around for quite a while and just been overlooked.  Check them out!

 14317Autumn Moor Grass is a tidy work horse.  It grows 12 to 16" tall and wide and loves full sun and light shade.  Whether used singularly or in  mass, this grass can be put to almost any use in the garden.  You cannot ask for a tidier ornamental grass than this, and it's considered one of the finest.  It features beautiful bright yellow green foliage, which sports attractive, neat flowers, emerging white in early autumn and fading to tan.  This is the go-to be-all grass to pot.
Ruby Grass offers fluffy plumes.  Grows 12 to 18 tall and wide and likes 14318 full sun.  This clumping, blue green foliage grass has amethyst pink flowers that create fluffy, 8 to 12 inch long plumes throughout summer.  Eventually, the flowers mature to the color of root beer foam.  It's heat and drought tolerant, and it makes a fine annual in colder climates.  Excellent drainage in the garden planter you use will help it thrive in humid summer climates.
 14319Vetiver has unique leaf tips.  This grass grows 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide so make sure you have plenty of room in the planter you use.  It loves full sun to light shade.  This beautiful ornamental has upright, glossy green foliage and interesting, animated leaf tips that resemble party favors.  These plants gain reddish purple hues in the fall and winter.  It is so good for the desert climates that it's used a lot to hide air conditioners in may yards.  More gardeners find it useful in pots as a screen.  It takes damp soils and is used to prevent bank erosion in canals and bayous.  This baby is nice!
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 8:45:34 AM 

Autumn Containers Using Evergreens


The planters below are filled with confires like Hinoki cypress which adds a wow factor to the pot.  Don't let your pots just sit empty this time of year.  There are so many different plant materials that you can fill them with that add depth, interest and color.

The flowering blue star creeper and grass like Japanese sweet flag grass play supporting roles but are important to the interest and overall look of the planting.


By using conifers in large garden pottery you can interplay the evergreens with other plant materials.  Try to use a large enough pot to make the desired effect.  Select a pot that has a bold and bright color to it.  Nothing pastel will work here.  You want bold fall colors with deep tones and glossy finishes.  Then plant your main evergreen plant.  Fill in with flowering plants like the cool seasonal annuals shown in the photo.  Use at least 2 or 3 with contrasting colors to add depth.  Flowering plants may fade over time but they are easy to replace and should last through fall and well into winter.


It isn't always easy to decide what plants in stunning garden planters you want to leave out.  Obviously you will need to continue to water the plant materials.  Not as much as growing seasons but unless they are sitting out unprotected and can absorb any rain that lands on the plants you will need to keep the soil from drying out.  Therefore, the planters need to be high fired, glazed and waterproofed to with stand the freezing temps.


We would still recommend that when it get's that cold you empty the planters out and store them if possible.  Any standing water will freeze and could possible crack the pots.  Do NOT use terracotta clay pots.  They are low fired,, meant to absorb water, breathe and will crack if exposed to freezing temps.

Don't leave your beautiful garden and patio areas bare this time of year.  Purchase a bold colorful planter, fill it with evergreens and keep a colorful display all year long.

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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 3:10:02 PM 

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