Textures, height and color
These old world urns were beautifully designed and executed. Birch logs add height and visual interest to the center of the urn. Layers of four green plants like magnolia and ferns mix broad leaf, variegated and feathery textures that either stand up or trail over the edge of the urn.
Preparing your container
Most plant pots are made with drainage holes so that excess water can drain away (if it can’t, plant roots will rot). If a pot doesn’t have holes, you will need to make some. One way of doing this is to drill into the base several times with a masonry bit. To help water drain freely, place broken terra-cotta pots (crocks), polystyrene chips, or large pebbles in the base of the pot. Alternatively, use a layer of fine mesh with gravel on top. This prevents drainage holes from becoming blocked and soil from being flushed out. Don’t fill your pot with soil from your garden — even if your garden has great top soil. Garden soil is too heavy.Potting soil is well aerated, sterile, lightweight, and made of a good balance of organic material and mineral particles like peat, sand, or perlite.
Edible Container Gardens
Don’t have the room for a vegetable garden or berry plantings? Use containers to grow healthy ingredients for salads or seasonings. Choose smaller, less sprawling varieties of annual fruits and vegetables like cherry tomatoes, peppers, herbs, leaf lettuce, chard, bush beans, blueberries, raspberries or miniature citrus and edible flowers. Set the larger plants in the back of the container or, if the container is accessible from all sides, in the center.
Container gardening is a fun, creative garden outlet that can be enjoyed by virtually anyone. Container gardens can be grown in confined spaces like courtyards, patios, decks, balconies, and even screened-in porches or sun rooms. With carefully selected plants, container gardens or planters can also be grown in a variety of light conditions, from full sun to partial sun, or even full shade.