CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This is the time of year when we all look at our yards and landscape and think that maybe it needs just a little "something".
A container garden is an easy way to add new life.
Melodie McDanal, GGIA professional and horticulturist representing Pike Nurseries, visited WBTV News Sunday Morning to demonstrate step-by-step how to plant your own spring container garden to brighten up any space. Her advice follows:
Choose a Container
- Glazed pottery is the most popular and comes in array of colors
- Lightweight pottery is easier to move
- Hanging baskets are great for porches
- Make sure to choose a nutrient-rich potting soil like Pike's Potting Soil Mix
- Fill the pot, leaving about an inch empty at the top
- Mix in a handful of EB Stone Sure Start
- EB Stone Sure Start reduces transplant shock and promotes root growth for healthy plants
- A tall and upright plant
- Place in middle of the container if it will be viewed from all angles or at the back of the pot if it will only be viewed from one side
- If you're on a budget, choose a small shrub with great foliage, and it will last season after season
- Plant options:
- Grasses – also add movement to the container garden
- Asparagus fern
- Any small shrub
- Medium size plants that "fill" in the container garden
- Plant filler plants around the thriller plant
- Plant examples
- Gerbera Daisies
- 3.5 inch basic annuals sale $0.87 (marigolds, petunias, vinca and begonias)
- Most people use flowers for the filler, but don't be afraid to play with different foliage colors and textures to create a more unique container
- Coleus – Leaves are fun colors and almost look like they are velvet
- Mix herbs into your garden. It will allow you to always have fresh herbs for cooking and add fragrance to your container garden
- Basil – Organiks brand, 100% certified organic
- Oregano – A staple herb that can be used in just about anything
- Plants that trail over the side of the pot. Gives the pot a softer, more cottage garden look.
- Place at edge of container
- Plant options:
- Vinca vine
- Container gardens are low maintenance
- Water your container garden 2 or 3 times a week.
- Pike Nurseries has a great selection of container gardens and hanging baskets that are ready-to-go
- Boston Ferns – a Charlotte favorite!
- Strawberry Hanging Basket