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Our Front Porch Containers 28 Months After Planting

March 21, 2018

We planted four small shrubs in our front porch containers about 2-1/2 years ago (October, 2015). We were surprised that our “winter planted containers” have looked great a lot longer than we planned. We decided to transplant the plants as a group without trying to untangle them so that we can plant these containers with something new this spring.

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 photos show how these container plants have grown during the past 28 months and how they look in the ground now.


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)


18 months later our 4 small shrubs have more than doubled in size



28 months later our 4 small shrubs have more than doubled in size



Our winter container plants in their new in-ground home



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