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Glover Nursery, based in West Jordan, offers tips for creating a colorful and flexible container garden:
First, pick a container that will fit your space and will be large enough for the plants. Keep in mind that large containers will be quite heavy when filled with soil—so assemble them where you want them to be. Terracotta and other unglazed ceramic pots will disintegrate over wet winters. Wooden and glazed ceramic pots are the best choice.
Select plants with a variety of textures, colors and heights. However, make sure they all require the same amount of water and sun (full sun, partial sun or shade).
Fill the container about halfway full of potting soil (not garden soil), leaving room for the plants. Mix in a time-released fertilizer and plan to supplement with a water-soluble fertilizer every few weeks.
Things to consider:
Perennials may survive from year to year in a container; annuals will need to be changed each year.
Perennials usually only bloom for a short period of time each year, while annuals offer a long-lasting color display.
Plants in containers can become root bound, and the soil becomes depleted as well. Plan to refresh the plants and soil—perhaps with the change of the seasons.
Container gardening is an excellent way to grow vegetables and herbs as well.