I belong to a garden club, we recently had a talk scheduled in a nursery outside of Houston: Enchanted Forest, where they sell the most beautiful fairy gardens and accessories that I like so much. The talk was about Flower Containers in Houston: Do’s and Don’ts. It was excellent, so I’m sharing. The key to cute containers:
- Always use potting soil of the highest quality (preferred Promix).
- Fertilize the soil before planting with a slow-release fertilizer (recommended: Color Star).
- Use the largest pot possible, less watering and problems.
- If the pot has “pockets” use succulents that require less water, it is impossible to keep those pockets wet.
- If the planter is dark, use light and vibrant plants.
- Finish the arrangement with stones.
- In metal planters plant plants that enjoy the heat.
- Always fill the pots almost to the brim with soil before you start planting. If the pot is deep, filled it with plastic containers to make them more lightweight and easy to move.
- Combine a vertical plant at the center, several compact ones around, alternating with plants that spill.
- Consider the leaves and flowers to coordinate colors, not just flowers.
- Plant only plant varieties for sun or shade, depending on where you go to place the pot.
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