Brighten up your patio, deck or front entrance with containers. They’re an excellent way to add color, fragrance and beauty where plantable space is limited or non-existent.
Set a few containers on the front or back steps, in the corner of your deck or other locations where they can be enjoyed. Try stacking and planting several containers to create a display with greater vertical interest. Check the views when looking from inside the house as well as when enjoying the space outdoors. Strategically place containers for the greatest viewing pleasure.
Save even more space by using railing planters. You can dress up the porch or deck by filling these planters with colorful flowers and edibles. Make sure they are sturdy and easy to install. Reduce time spent installing and maintaining with easy-to-install self-watering rail planters, like Viva balcony rail planters.
Don’t limit yourself to flowers. Mix in a few edibles and bring some homegrown flavor to your outdoor entertaining. You and your guests will enjoy plucking a few mint leaves to flavor beverages, basil to top a slice of pizza or sprig of dill to top grilled fish.
Herbs not only add flavor to your meals, but texture and fragrance to container gardens, and the many new dwarf vegetable varieties are suited to containers. Their small size makes them easy to include, and many have colorful fruit that is not only pretty but delicious.
Add a few edible flowers like nasturtium and pansies. Dress up a plate of greens with edible flowers for a gourmet touch. Or freeze a few pansy flowers in ice cubes and add them to a glass of lemonade or sparkling water.
Include flowers like globe amaranth (Gomphrena), Lisianthus and daisies that are great for cutting. You’ll enjoy your garden inside and out throughout the season.
And don’t forget to plant some flowers for the butterflies to enjoy. Zinnias, cosmos and marigolds are just a few that are sure to brighten any space while also attracting butterflies to your…Read more...