Creative Flower Container Gardens

I like combining flowers and plants in containers; the more unique and unusual the container or planter, the better. Container gardening is ideal for folks who don’t have much room or aren’t interested in having a large garden.

Take a peek, and maybe you’ll discover a unique flower container gardening idea to try. Along with a variety of flower container ideas, we’ll go over some basic container gardening principles, as well as how to design a unique flower planter and how to care for your container plants.

What Does “Creative Flower Planters or Containers” Mean? I believe that the plants you choose for your container garden may make it unique. The container itself may be as basic as a clay pot. Plants or flowers may be combined to create something unique. Try combining herbs, flowers, and veggies in one planter.

Alternatively, the planter might be charming or eccentric. Similarly, organizing a collection of pots may be inventive. The aim is to utilize your imagination. If you dislike your creation, you can always modify it.

Reasons to Garden in Containers:

Container Gardens may be installed anywhere, including patios, balconies, roads, and tiny yards.
Time constraints – Container gardens are simpler to care for than large gardens, but they still need attention.
Curb Appeal – Large flower pots at the entrance to your house are very welcome and offer a lot of curb appeal.
Instant Color – A colorful flower planter is ideal for adding a pop of color to a location in your yard.
It’s simply simple fun!

Container gardens are ideal for filling up barren spaces in the landscape. For example, in a perennial garden, after an early flowering perennial has finished blooming, the plant must be trimmed down, leaving a blank patch. This is an excellent spot to set a flower planter.

Container gardens may also bring color and charm to your yard. The shade garden in the image below needed something, so I created this little container vignette to add fun.

How to Design Flowerpots

Do you get all excited at nurseries and garden stores when you see their hanging baskets and flower pots? I do until I see the price tag, at which point I laugh and say to myself, “I can do that.” No, there won’t be the immediate satisfaction of a full basket of flowers, but I like seeing flowers bloom and fill in, so I’m okay with that.

So, when you see those wonderful pre-made flower pots and baskets, snap a photo of them and then go purchase the identical plants to reproduce what you saw. It’s much cheaper, and your planters will last longer.

Really, don’t get too caught up in planning your flower containers and deciding what to put in them. If you don’t like your completed planter, you can easily remake it.

If you spend a lot of time on Pinterest, you’ll notice that the guideline for creating ideal flower container gardens is spiller, thriller, and filler. Oh gosh, those pots really look wonderful, and I often plant my containers that way. However, some of my greatest flower planters have been what I call hodgepodge pots, in which I utilized leftover annuals.

You don’t even need to utilize a variety of flowers in your container gardens; a single color and type of flower looks excellent on its own. For example, consider red geraniums in a galvanized pot.

I considered whether or not to provide a list of flowers that thrive in container gardens, but you don’t need one; anything goes with flower container gardening. The choices and combinations are limitless. Visit your local garden center and see what they offer. Try not to go wild like I do.

You’re definitely acquainted with Proven Winner. They are well renowned for their excellent annual flowers, but they also provide perennials and shrubs. Anyway, they have the most awesome Container Garden Recipe page on their website. When you’re done here, be sure to check it out.

Quick Tips to Keep Your Flower Containers Looking Good

We have a whole piece on how to maintain container gardens looking fantastic throughout the summer. I advise you to check it out after you’ve done here. In the meanwhile, here are some tips.

The size of the container is important; plants in pretty tiny pots do not endure. Really, I’ve done this too many times to count, so learn from my errors. The plants appear amazing at first, but after 8 weeks, they no longer do. Plant roots just run out of space in tiny pots.

Although it may be tempting, avoid overcrowding your pots at first. Again, as previously said, they will defecate on you when the summer heat comes in.

Fill big flower pots with a quality potting mix. Definitely do not use standard garden soil. Okay, this contradicts what many other gardeners believe, but fill huge pots entirely with potting mix. Don’t place debris in the bottom of your container to take up space, since this will reduce the amount of potting mix required. I’m comfortable with putting old potting soil in the bottom of the container and new on top. The roots of your plants prefer to grow in soil rather than garbage. I’ve done this both ways several times, and pots full of soil always perform much better than those with rubbish in the bottom.

Place your larger pots on plant dollies like this one so they can be easily moved about. When it becomes hot, particularly if you grow in a warmer climate, it’s useful to be able to relocate your containers to give the plants a rest from the scorching afternoon sun.

How to Maintain Your Flower Planters.

If you want your money’s worth and blooms that last all summer, you must keep your container gardens in good condition. I try to set aside at least 30 – 60 minutes each week to go through my flower pots, deadhead the flowers (remove spent blooms), and trim any yellowing or dead foliage.

Make careful to fertilize your flower pots. To fertilize my container flowers, I just use Miracle Gro Bloom Booster. This is something I often forget to do, so I’ve chosen to make it a part of my gardening schedule every two weeks this year. By the way, as a Gingham Gardens member, you can get your own Gardening Calendar and a variety of other free gardening printables. Simply fill out the form below.

How To Revitalize Tired-Looking Flowers:

As the summer warms up, I intend to give several of my trailing plants (such as petunias and calibrachoa) a trim. I do this by shearing the plant back one-third to one-half.

At the same time, I’ll be aerating the soil in my pots. This may seem strange, but I do it by just piercing the dirt with anything sharp, such as a knitting needle or a knife with a little, long blade.

Once this is completed, I will fertilize and water my pots. Just performing a few things will work wonders for flower container gardens. In approximately a week to ten days, the plants had grown wonderfully and were flowering profusely.

Tips For Watering Container Gardens:

Container gardens dry out considerably quicker than plants in the ground, therefore proper watering is required.

Reduce the pressure on the hose nozzle and water your flower pots slowly and thoroughly. Try holding the hose’s nozzle at the base of the plants to wet the roots. A lengthy watering wand on the end of your hose is ideal for container gardening. If you spray them too quickly, the water will just run off, leaving the roots without the benefit of a thorough soak.

If you don’t have time to water your container garden every day, you should definitely consider installing a drip irrigation system. This year, I’d want to test these self-watering devices in my pots. They are a little pricey, but they have excellent evaluations and may be used often.

I also advocate filling wine bottles with water and placing them upside down on plant watering spikes. Wine bottles may also provide a nice decorative touch to your floral pot. If you don’t have wine bottles and don’t want to purchase them, olive oil bottles work well. Just be sure to rinse all of the oil from the container before using it to water your plants.

Making Changes in Container Gardens

If a plant begins to look awful, just cut it out and replace it with something different. My hori hori knife works well for this purpose.

I like changing up my planters as the seasons change. Check out my post, Tips on Transitioning Container Gardens, to learn how I do it.

Creative Flower Container Gardening Ideas:

This wine barrel was a present from my husband. I’ve used it so many times in my gardens that I’m scared it may break apart if I move it, so it now stands erect and will remain there until it does. See more whiskey barrel planters in this post.

I am not sure where I got this nice iron planter, but it has been extremely photogenic. However, this is one of those little pots that need frequent watering.

One of my favorite scenes, with the iron fence planter.Here’s an old galvanized wash tub that I got from a flea market, estate sale, or yard sale. I like the addition of the hook with the watering can hanging from it.

There’s nothing ancient or vintage about these pots, but I like them since they’re deep and the plants don’t dry up as quickly as in smaller planters. I had two of them and planted them in the same way, sitting on the deck rails of our last house. It’s wonderful to discover a winner like these planters that you can use again and again.

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