Its spring again and after a long, cold winter, many people are craving some color for their gardens. The best and quickest way to ‘scratch that itch’ is with container gardens. They can be seasonally planted with annuals or perennials, small shrubs and dwarf trees and then augmented with seasonal annuls.
Containers can be large with specimen plants or small with mixed plantings. They can stand alone or be grouped together for effect. There are different materials for containers and different styles from formal pedestal urns to informal terra cotta pots. When purchasing your pots, be sure they are safe to leave outdoors year-round. Some pots can crack when exposed to below-freezing temperatures. Our staff can help you choose the material and style that best fit your garden area.
Containers are best planted full. This fullness gives the best overall appearance, prevents the “filling in” process and helps hide weak plants or holes from plants that may not survive. They do require maintenance in the form of regular watering and fertilization because they are essentially dependent upon outside sources for their needs. In hot weather they may require watering three or more times a week to maintain their health.
At J.W. Townsend Landscapes, we design, build, deliver and maintain garden containers through our hotpots container gardening division. For more information, click here to view our hotpots page.
Photos by Bill Mauzy.