REDUCE Your Tedious Gardening Tasks by Taking Your Potted Plants Outdoors
Spending hours planting…
weeding and feeding outdoor flowers and greenery feels like punishment to many people.
If you’re one to run away from the tedious tasks of gardening, there is good news.
You can enjoy the lush beauty of a garden without having to strain your green thumb.
Simply transfer your indoor plants to the great outdoors, and you will cut your gardening chores in half.
Choose the Best Varieties
Some potted plants do better than others in an outdoor environment.
Make your selections based on where the pots will rest.
Sun-loving plants include marigolds, lavender, petunias, zinnias and geraniums.
For areas that get partial shade, choose bleeding hearts, ferns, begonias, English ivy or ageratum.
Impatiens, fuchsia, hostas and begonias can thrive in full shade.
Vegetables and herbs that do well in containers include radishes, tomatoes, Swiss chard, basil, oregano, parsley, dill and thyme.
Most vegetables need to be in soil that drains well and is rich in nutrients.
For growing vegetables that climb, such as tomatoes, use deep pots.
Herbs are ideal for outdoor placement because they do not require much upkeep.
You can easily create a small herb garden in a window box or table crock.
Transfer Your Plants with Style
When bringing indoor plants outside, you can do more than just plop your terra cotta pots in a corner.
Use your plants to design an entirely new look for your yard.
One of the easiest ways to transform a yard is to build walls and pathways.
Instead of using slow-growing privacy shrubs, line up large planters filled with vibrant, verdant greenery such as gardenias or philodendra.
You can create a private, enchanted feel with virtually any oversized plant.
To construct your own secret garden, place climbers in one or two areas of your yard.
Build a trellis near each pot, and insert a stake into the dirt temporarily.
Once the plants begin to travel up the wall or trellis, you can remove the stake.
Some of the best climbers are Russian ivy, bougainvillea, devil’s ivy and climbing hydrangea.
Be careful which creepers you use because many varieties can easily spread out of control.
You can also give your potted plants flair by creating contrast in your outdoor space.
Set square containers on tables or put them between large rocks.
Place curved pots on steps or at the edges of paving stones.
Use an unpredictable variety of shapes and colors for your plants as well.
Combine spiky succulents with tall ferns in order to create an eye-catching contrast in heights and textures.
Get Creative With Your Vessels
Once you decide to let your plants enjoy some fresh air, it’s time to get inspired.
You don’t have to be stuck with those dull plastic or clay tubs you may have settled on for your indoor décor.
Virtually any receptacle would make a good home for a healthy plant.
When searching for new plant holders, make sure you can fill each one with a quality soil.
The container should also allow for proper drainage.
Use your imagination to find the most quirky, striking and memorable holder for your beloved greenery.
An old watering can or child’s wastepaper basket would be a perfect home for a youngster’s favorite plants.
Use a worn-out boot, an outdated hat or an old pocketbook for those flowers you just can’t seem to liven up.
Even an old tire can add a touch of whimsy to an otherwise drab plant.
Keep Your Plants Healthy
Plants that live in containers are generally more stressed than those growing from the ground.
The roots tend to be thirstier, so you will need to water your potted beauties more often than normal.
The more closely packed the roots are, the more water your plants will need.
It’s always best to place plants in the largest vessel possible.
Overcrowding will put stress on the roots and hinder moisture retention.
Because potted plants do not get their nutrients from the earth, you will need to use a high-quality, fluffy, light potting mix.
Using a slow-release fertilizer will ensure the plants absorb the right amount of nutrients.
When the soil begins to shrink, you will need to change it.
Throughout the season, you can add organic matter to the soil to fortify it and improve absorption.
Maintaining potted plants is significantly easier than tending to an entire yard.
With a little ingenuity, you can fill your yard with a creative, colorful palette designed by nature.
You won’t find many restrictions when it comes to vessels, and you can be as imaginative as you want.
Provide enough drainage for water and a sturdy base for the dirt, and your outdoor potted plants will not only be stunning, they will thrive for the entire warm season.