Nothing says spring like a wild abundance of bright green leaves and flowers. This magical season brings a delicious awakening to the earth plants practically burst into blossom all around us.
If you find yourself wishing you could create some of that spring magic but lack the space, you’re not alone. In this case, container growing is the way to go. The best part? You only need a sunny spot as small as your pot (even an outdoor wall will do!) and the possibilities are almost endless.
First Things First – Choose a Container
The vast majority of flowers will happily grow in containers. Whether it’s a window box, a fancy decorative ceramic planter or basically anything you can find that has some depth, you can plant in it. But before you start to fill your cart with all of the spring color you can handle, there are just a few things you need to consider.
Lighting is Everything
When it comes to your flowers, the level of light can mean a thriving abundance of beautiful blooms, or a sad pot that isn’t doing well. If you’ve experienced a set-back or two – and let’s face it, every gardener does – don’t let it stop you from trying again! Oftentimes it’s simply a matter of adjusting the placement of your pot so it’s catching the right amount of sun.
How Do I Know the Perfect Amount of Sun?
Wouldn’t it be great if we could just ask the plant? Well, in a way, we can. When you’re making your selections, you’ll see that each plant has an indication on what it requires in terms of light.
Full Sun: 6+ hours per day
Full Shade: Less than 1.5 hours per day
Partial Sun: 4 – 6 hours per day
Partial Shade: 1.5 – 4 hours per day
If you’re unsure of exactly how much sun you chosen spot will receive you can take the guesswork out of it using a sun calculator like this one by Rapitest. This tool will spend a day in the spot you plan on putting your plants – and give you a precise reading.
The absolute best part is choosing your flowers. This is where your own personal taste and creativity get to shine. Remember: there are no rules! Go with the ones that capture your attention first. Or you might find that if you’re in a certain mood, you’ll choices will suit it. Check their sun requirements, match it up with your spot and you’re ready to go.
Need a Little Inspiration?
Coleus and Phlox: A Perfect Mix
Geraniums: More is More
Sometimes simple is best. If you find a flower that you love, and works in your space, try filling a window box or other container in what is called a ‘mass planting’. Here these Rocky Mountain Dark Red Geraniums are enjoying the spotlight, bringing a bright spark of red set against dark green and a ruffly texture.
Calibrachoa for Color
Calibrachoa are an absolute favorite for containers, and for good reason. Here is the Superbells Apricot Punch Calibrachoa exploding with blossoms, set against the pink, the contrast is amazing.
Marigolds: Sweet Simplicity
Sometimes the littlest things bring the most happiness. Here we see how an abundance of Inca II Yellow African Marigolds provides elegant simplicity.
Crazy for Coleus
Another great angle is to find a plant you like and try mixing different varieties for a wild visual effect. Like this stunning box, carrying no less than seven different types of coleus. For those times when you truly can’t decide.
So this spring, don’t let a lack of space prevent you from taking part in the planting extravaganza. Choose your favorite plants, grab a container and some potting soil and see what beauty you can create.