containers

11 Jun

I’m not big on container gardening, but I do like geraniums and, since in this zone they need to winter indoors, containers are the easiest way to grow them. Above is a fancy-leafed geranium, underplanted with white flowering begonia. In back of that is a rex begonia and in the bed to the left (seriously in need of pruning) is variegated euonymous. My containers seldom follow the traditional design guidelines for containers–thriller, filler, spiller (i.e., something upright, something mounding, and something cascading)–although the purple heart in front will be cascading down the side by the end of summer. Geraniums kept indoors all winter can get very leggy and bare looking, but all you have to do is lop them back to about 4″-6″ after you plant them outside and they’ll grow back nice and bushy. Containers also are a good idea for storing poinsettias from year to year. It’s difficult to see, but there is a poinsettia at the back of this container. It will grow taller through the summer and, although the new leaves will be smaller, they will turn red and be very noticeable.   To the left of the barrel is lemon balm and to the right is comfrey, now finished blooming.  Nursery tags say that geraniums need full sun, but I’ve found our summers can be hard on them, so I usually place the containers under the edge of a bush or tree.   This is my answer to the doves, who insist on building their nests in my hanging baskets, killing the flowers. (One year a dove built her nest in the decorative wreath on the front door. We had to use the back door for several weeks.) I plant up a wire basket–in this case using cuttings from flowers grown last year–and attach another wire basket upside down. Try as they might, the doves haven’t managed to get into this basket.

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2 Responses to “containers”

  1. bunchington July 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    What a great idea, so simple yet effective …

    • Donna's Garden July 31, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

      Thanks for visiting my garden; nice to meet a fellow gardener. I’ll be following yours as well. I’m just an amateur and I’m sure there’s a lot I can learn.

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