What gardener hasn't wished that a plant grew somewhere else? Plants in pots are easy to move around. Light up a dark corner with pots of white, pink, or yellow flowering shade lovers. Some plants with a short blooming period, such as lilies or foxglove, look magnificent in containers and grow well in those temporary quarters. Transplant them to the garden when they're finished blooming. Of course, if you are about to move your household, containers allow you to take the garden with you!
For people who have poor, waterlogged soil, pots are a way of creating a garden without utilizing the original soil. For people with bad backs, planting in containers is a brilliant and far easier alternative - especially with all the lightweight pots on the market right now! These pots are so easy to move from A to B. Of course, putting pots on wheels is another super easy and efficient way of moving pots around your garden.
Pots, tubs, and half barrels overflowing with flowers add appeal to any garden, but container gardens can serve a practical purpose too. Gardening in containers is ideal for those with little or no garden space. In addition to growing flowers, gardeners limited to a balcony, small yard, or only a patch of sun on their driveway can produce a wide variety of vegetable crops in containers. Basil, chives, thyme, and other herbs also are quite happy growing in pots, which can be set in a convenient spot right outside the kitchen door. Container plants also add versatility to gardens large and small. They lend instant color, provide a focal point in the garden, or tie in the architecture of the house to the garden. Place them on the ground or on a pedestal, mount them on a windowsill, or hang them from your porch. A pair of matching containers on either side of the front walk serves as a welcoming decoration, while containers on a deck or patio can add color and ambiance to such outdoor sitting areas. You can use single large containers for outdoor decoration, but also consider arranging groups of pots, both small and large, on stairways, terraces, or anywhere in the garden.
Vegetables and fruit trees can be grown in large pots, as can a large tree, so the possibilities are truly endless!
Margaret's tip: The best compost for containers is Westland John Innes multi purpose compost, which contains soil in it that acts as a buffer and great for growing healthy plants. Slow-release fertilizer is the best to use as it gives off food for a full 6 months!