Our Front Porch Containers
Rita and I are always getting questions like: “Your containers look better than mine… what is your secret?” We tell them we have three secrets to growing great looking containers.
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. Here are a couple of photos of our container from several years along with a plant list.
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 our garden.
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.
Now you have our secrets to have your very own great looking containers this year!