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Our Front Porch Containers are Still Growing Strong

October 14, 2013

When our neighbors ask us how we get our front porch containers to look so great we pass along our three secrets.

We planted a single Croton Zanzibar in the center, surrounded by 2 ‘Goldi’ Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny), 2 ‘Bonfire’ Begonia and 2 ‘Black Dragon’ Coleus.

We planted a single Croton Zanzibar in the center, surrounded by 2 ‘Goldi’ Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny), 2 ‘Bonfire’ Begonia and 2 ‘Black Dragon’ Coleus.

Our first secret is to combine plants with interesting texture, color and growth habit.  They can be annuals, perennials, small shrubs, grasses or most any plant you like.  Sometimes it is easier to work with odd numbers of plants for each plant you select (1, 3 or 5), however this is not a hard fast rule if you can achieve balance with an even number.

Our second secret is to use great soil.  Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix (click here to learn more) works well because moisture is supplied to the plants as they need it.  This soil is less likely to pull away from the inside of the container when it dries between watering, which means your water does not bypass the soil to drain out of the bottom holes like you can experience with other potting soils.  Rita and I are big believers in this soil!  And before I forget, we start with fresh soil each time we plant.  We learned this lesson one year when we took a short cut to save a little money by reusing our soil the second year.  The containers were not as good that year.  We now mix the old soil into the native Georgia clay soil in our garden and start with fresh soil each time we plant.

And our third secret is to not let our plants starve.  We fed these containers with Osmocote (click here to learn more) a few weeks after we planted. The Miracle-Gro plant food that came in the soil gets the new plants off to a great start.  The Osmocote then takes over and provides continuous feeding throughout the summer.

Check back and we will show you how we convert plant these containers for winter.

 

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