(NAPSI)—Container gardening lets you add character and color to your patio or balcony. If you’re really hurting for space, then a window box can give you the splash of color you’re looking for.
“Container gardening lets you bring interior design components to your outdoor space,” said Lance Walheim, co-author of “Landscaping for Dummies” and gardening expert for Bayer Advanced™. “It allows you to express your creativity.”
The National Gardening Association says that more than 26 million households have container gardens-that’s the equivalent of the total number of households in California, New York and Texas.
• What to grow: You can try just about anything as long as the pot is big enough. Options: Japanese maples, azaleas, camellias, roses, dwarf apples, lemons, peaches, pears, blueberries, strawberries, impatiens, marigolds, geraniums, daffodils and tulips.
• Match the plant to the container: A Japanese maple looks great in a glazed ceramic pot. You also want to have one consistent style of pot, such as clay or wood. Snap a photo of your outdoor space with your smart phone and let your garden center guide you on options. Make sure the pots have drainage holes.
• Buy packaged potting soil, not gardening soil: Potting soil is well aerated and holds necessary moisture and nutrients for successful container gardening.
• Plant flowers like you arrange a bouquet: Taller plants or flowers go in the middle. Place smaller ones around that and cascading flowers around the outside. Mix plants with the same sun requirements.
• Keep it moist: Stick your finger deep into the soil. Water the plants if the soil is dry. You’ll need to water often to keep the root ball wet.
• Establish a wellness plan: Bayer Advanced Natria Insect, Disease & Mite Control kills aphids, mites, whiteflies, plant bugs, black spot, powdery mildew and leaf spot on contact before they can damage or destroy your container garden (www.BayerAdvanced.com). Always read and follow label directions.
• Feed your container garden: Frequent watering washes nutrients from the soil, so you’ll need to fertilize more often to keep your plants blooming.
If you do all the right things, your plants will stay healthy and grow. That means you’ll need to transplant them into larger pots. You can reuse the older pot when you buy new plants or flowers.
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