5 Tips for a Beautiful Outdoor Container

One of my favorite ways to quickly change up the look and feel of my entry or back patio is to add beautiful containers. I’ll give you my professional tips and tricks so that you can create your own amazing look. Change your containers 3 to 4 times a year to make sure your plants thrive in each season and to have something fun and refreshing.

Think of three components. Something tall, something to fill the pot at a medium height, and something to trail over the side. If you stick with this concept you can always break the rules, but this is a good starting point so you can make your containers look full and finished.
You don’t always have to use living things, especially for fall and winter months it’s fun to get creative with gourds, tall twigs, or faux greenery. Faux greenery is especially useful for lasting from before Thanksgiving until a mid-March changeout where natural greenery might turn brown in that time.
A regular potting mix works well for container gardens, but you don’t have to fill the entire container with it. For tall containers you can fill the bottom with other organic matter, rocks, or some other type of filler. The soil only needs to be in an area deep enough for the roots to thrive for a few months. This usually means no more than 12 inches for annuals, more if you’re using shrubs.
Watering is important to consider to keep your containers looking great all the time. You’ll either want to plan to water them every day in extreme heat, or have an irrigation system set up. It’s easy to connect to an existing irrigation setup, or you can create your own. Containers dry out much faster than plants in the ground.
I would encourage you to invest in beautiful containers such as ceramic, cast stone, metal, and avoid using plastic. If your idea is to enhance the beauty of your home, you’ll want to splurge a little on the container so that it compliments your display. Too often I see people saving money on the plastic pots but there are lots of good ideas to save and still get the look. Ikea, Craigslist, rummage sales, garden meet ups or a friendly shout out on Facebook can lead to someone who has some extra pots they’re not using.

We’ve got some beautiful ideas right here on our Pin board. If you want to make sure your containers are Deerproof as well, sign up for our tip sheet on the homepage, or get the thorough list on our eBook.

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