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Our Front Porch Containers 18 Months After Planting

May 30, 2017

We planted four small shrubs in our front porch containers about 1-1/2 years ago (October, 2015).  We have been surprised that our “winter planted containers” have looked great a lot longer than we planned.

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.  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 in October, 2015.  This special mix helps keep you from over and under watering.  We also feed twice a year with Osmocote Plant Food (early spring and late summer).  These pictures show the change in growth over the past 18 months.

In October, 2015 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

18 months later our 4 small shrubs have more than doubled in size (click photo to enlarge)

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