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Our Winter Containers: One Year Later

October 10, 2016

We decided not to plant spring flowers in our front porch containers this past spring because the four small shrubs we planted last fall looked pretty darn good.  We were interested to see how everything would grow during the hot Georgia summer.  This part of the front porch gets quite a bit of shade during the summer so we were also unsure if there was going to be enough sunlight for these small shrubs.  We just gave them a spring feeding of Osmocote Plant Food.

One year ago we planted an Emerald Green Arborvitae ‘Smaragd’ in the center (Zone 4 to 8) surrounded by a Wintercreeper ‘Moonshadow’ (Zone 4 to 9), a Golden Threadleaf False Cypress ‘Filifera Aurea’ (Zone 4 to 8), and a Weeping Loropetalum ‘Purple Pixie’ (Zone 7 to 10) Click photo to enlarge

One year ago we planted an Emerald Green Arborvitae ‘Smaragd’ in the center (Zone 4 to 8) surrounded by a Wintercreeper ‘Moonshadow’ (Zone 4 to 9), a Golden Threadleaf False Cypress ‘Filifera Aurea’ (Zone 4 to 8), and a Weeping Loropetalum ‘Purple Pixie’ (Zone 7 to 10) Click photo to enlarge

One year later the 4 small shrubs doubled in size. Click photo to enlarge

One year later the 4 small shrubs doubled in size. Click photo to enlarge

Here is a secret to having good luck with your container plantings.  When you plant a container garden that is going to last a long time without much care it is important to use a good soil like we did.  Even though we were tempted to use the old soil in the pot from our spring/summer plantings, we know it is best to start off with fresh soil.  We used Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix when we planted a year ago last October.  This special mix helps keep you from over and under watering.

We plan to continue growing these containers through the winter and make a decision next spring whether to swap the plants out for spring/summer flowering plants.

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