Creating a Container Rainbow Garden
One of my favorite ways of gardening is with the help of containers, this method of gardening is known as container gardening which is not new but has been around for some time.
There are many benefits to this type of gardening along with some challenges but the good news is the good outweighs the bad as long as you have the right knowledge you can have much success so with that said let’s take a closer look at container gardening.
Creating a colorful garden will bring much flavor along with interest to a garden area especially if green colors are dominating. By introducing colors into that sea of green can be used to your advantage to create a garden paradise.
I have seen firsthand what too much green can do which is overkill but adding colors will break that continuous flow of green which is an eyesore helping to create a garden oasis with beauty and charm.
Where do we start?
Where do we start with these garden types? because your goal is to create a container garden with flowering plants that loves the full sun your first choice should be to decide on which plant to use along with their care which we will be looking at a bit later.
Container size and style
While the style or choice of containers is totally up to you what you must give some thought to is depending on the size of those containers what plants should be chosen. For example, if you try to fit let’s say 3 plants that grow 4 ft with the seem in diameter into a container that’s 5 gallon will cause some issue because at maturity those plants will not only begin to outgrow that container but will become too crowded leading to poor air circulation along with disease issues.
Now if you were to install 3 -4 plants in that seem container that grows to about 3-8 inches high will give you good success. So what I am saying is knowing the growing height of garden plants that you chose at maturity will give you a better understanding of the container size to be used.
As much as plants require water that water must have a way to escape because if the water is allowed to remain in the container will encourage root rot. Some of that water must find a way to drain away from the plant.
Good garden soil is at the root of growing healthy plants, the soil that is chosen should be able to hold the right amount of water but allow excess to drain from the soil.
All plant life need nutrients to survive no matter how small, a good garden soil will help to retain nutrients for plant use.
1. When filling the container with soil allow a few inches from the top I would say about 8 inches to be free of soil because what you don’t want is for the soil to wash away.
2. Adding about an inch of mulch will enhance the beauty along with these other benefits.
3. When watering your plant or plants ensure that the water comes out slow because strong streams of water will wash away the soil.
4. With a hand pruner remove any diseased leaves or stems, however, prune in such a way so plants can retain their natural form.
5. With a hand pruner thin out plants for proper air circulation.
6. If the plant that you chose outgrows the container then transfer it into the ground providing you provide the right requirements to keep it growing healthy.
Some flower plants that love the full sunlight
- Aster flowers
- Blue daze
- Mexican heather
- Hoya flowers
- Viola flowers
- Flowering cactus
- Shrimp plant
- Cosmos flowers
- Crown of thorns
The benefits of container
- You can garden just about anywhere
- No need to worry about weeding which can be labor-intense
- Your containers can be moved around in the most favorable or unfavorable conditions
- Watering is kept at a minimum which helps you to save
- You can garden successfully although your soil type may not be favorable
- Maintenance cost is kept low
- No need to use heavy garden equipment
- You can garden anytime
- You can connect with nature indoors with these garden types
- Garden insect pest is more manageable
- Reduces the amount of fertilizer that is used which equals a saving
- These gardens are great for beginners
Issues with container gardening
- Because plants are confined to containers they are depended on you for water and nutrients
- Base on what you are growing plants can outgrow the container
- Containers dry out faster especially when using pot which is constructed from concrete
- As plants grow containers may be too heavy to move around.
- With container gardening, you are limited with what you grow
- Containers may restrict plant growth
- Soil microbes will have limited access to the garden soil
- Containers may not drain as well so ensure there are adequate drains holes
The final word on Flower Container Ideas For Full Sun
From what we have discussed and as you can see container gardening is that simple but yet effective in giving a colorful garden that is pleasing to the eyes. A garden that says home sweet home, if this garden method fits what you are looking for then go ahead and give it a try. You will be so glad that you did as you create your very own garden oasis.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.