Picking the Best Plants for Your Containers

So you're ready to start choosing plants. I know what you're thinking: small ones! Well, of course, but size doesn't have to be a limiting factor. Almost any sort of plant can adapt to life in a container. For instance, you can try a small herb plant or a wee bonsai-size Japanese maple in a small ceramic pot; or you can grow a wide array of herbs or flowers (or both! why not?) or a dwarf edition of any number of popular trees in a big planter box or tub. Look through plant chapters in this book for ideas. You can even grow bulbs in containers — forcing bulbs indoors is a popular practice among container gardeners (see Chapter 8 for details).

A container display looks best and serves its residents best when plant and pot are in proportion to one another. You don't want a little plant to get lost in a big pot, nor is it practical or attractive to allow a larger plant to teeter in or look top-heavy in a too-small pot. Plus, the roots need to fit without being crammed in there. So make a match. (Think ahead to a plant's potential size, not the youngster you first install.)

Consider what you want your display to do for you. Then read on for some advice on how to pull it off.

Growing Soilless

Growing Soilless

This is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to growing organic, healthy vegetable, herbs and house plants without soil. Clearly illustrated with black and white line drawings, the book covers every aspect of home hydroponic gardening.

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