I never really understood the hoopla over container gardening. I thought it was for those city folk who have no land on which to garden. But this year I went crazy for containers. It's easy to fertilize them. I use a three-month slow-release fertilizer, Osmocote, recommended by my local garden center. I have hoses in the front and back yards so they're easy to water. There are few weeds to fight. I think I'm now sold on container gardening! I might even grow vegetables in pots someday. The one time I grew veggies I had to share my goodies with the woodchuck.
At a lecture presented at the local garden club, we learned how to design pots. It consists of a
- thriller (big, splashy show-stopper)
- filler (something that spreads)
- spiller (plants that drape over the side)
I thought I'd do a blog on these before this killer heat and humidity gets the best of them. This has been going strong since May. It's Superbells Yellow Chiffon, Rhythm & Blues petunia (LOVE), Mannequin Bright Blue salvia, and Riviera Marine Blue lobelia.
This is my favorite: Snow Princess lobelia, Superbells Plum, Lavender Skies Supertunia and Royal Velvet Supertunia (it's a gorgeous dark purple which my camera can't capture; probably an operator error).
I can't find some of these tags but I think they're basically an orangey calibrachoa, Nautica Deep Navy lobelia and a white lobelia whose tag I can't find.
As far as colors go, I pick those on opposite sides of the color wheel. E.g., yellow and purple, or orange and blue.
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