If you want to make your home more inviting, then flowers are your best friend. This applies if you have 5 acres, a patio home, an apartment, or if you are a seasonal camper in your RV. Container flowers add dimension and color without the hassle of a yard; they reflect your personality.
Flowers silently tell your guests that they will be graciously provided for. That’s why I always stick to extra hardy varieties that don’t need too much attention, so my plants don’t broadcast to my friends and neighbors that I’m actually really lazy. And since I don’t want to come home to wilting and voiceless demands for watering, in addition to choosing less fussy flowering plants, I add self-watering devices.
Here are some tips for planting flowers in pots to create some DIY curb appeal that won’t break the bank or take up your whole weekend.
Best Flowers for Pots
You have a few options here. You can go simple or mix it up.
If you want to just do one variety of flower, then check out Sunset’s “9 Best Plants for Colorful Containers.” Their options are not only pretty and practical, but these flowers will also carry you through the seasons.
But if you want to be more creative, try the Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers Method described here by Gardener’s.
- Instead of just one kind of flower/plant, you will plant three in your container.
- Your thriller is something tall that you plant in the center or the back. This can even be an attractive grass, but whatever you get make sure it is twice the height or more of your filler.
- Your filler is usually your colorful flower that repeated blooms in the season. Think pansies in the spring and petunias in the summer. Impatiens are also a good choice, but be sure to get a variety that matches the amount of sun your container gets daily. Finally, your spillers are vining plants that may or may not flower like sweet potato vine. If you pay attention when you are in town or at a park, you will likely see examples of the Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers Method.
If you are in doubt, ask a garden service clerk for advice. They can tell you what is best for not just containers, but also advise you on how to plant them. They probably have pre-planted container flowers for purchase. How easy is that?
But if you are a do-it-yourself type, then you want to start by considering what kind of planter you want first. Nowadays, you can buy very attractive and large containers that are made of plastic or fibercrete. Also, in addition to being significantly less expensive and lighter than concrete or clay planters, they also weather better.
You can choose small pots, large containers, window boxes, or something in between. You can buy something premade and all done, or do it all from scratch. When you go to your local hardware store or garden center, you will find several flower pot designs. When I consider flower containers, I look for two things: self-watering and drainage options.
You can either buy a self-watering pot or make your own: http://theselfsufficientliving.com/self-watering-pots-containers/
Remember that water needs to be able to drain away from your flowers so that they don’t drown. This can be handled by making sure that your decorative container has adequate holes for drainage. Another method is to find a decorative planter without drainage holes and then plant your flowers in a cheap plastic pot that does drain and sit that in the larger planter on top of a little gravel. This second method can also double as a self-watering option if you tweak it.
If you want more advice on flower containers check out Flower Containers for Beginners by Today's Home Owner.
Want Curb Appeal on a Budget?
Make your container out of recycled bits around the house and grow your flowers from seed.
For those who are feeling crafty here’s 30 DIY and Recycled planters: http://www.homedit.com/top-30-planters-diy-and-recycled/
However you choose to create your pots and planters you will have beautiful flowers and increase your curbside appeal.
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