How do I make my container garden look unique?
The best way to accomplish a unique look is to select plants with a variety of textures. Annual plants can have fuzzy, shiny, pointy, round, thin, or thick leaves, stems, and petals. Mix it up! Seasonal planters are meant to stand out, so let them. People in greenhouses all over the world work tirelessly developing different varieties of every seasonal flower we have to give us the range we, as consumers, desire. Take advantage of their hard work. The wonderful thing about seasonal planters is if you don’t like it this year, you know what you don’t want to do again next year! So, don’t be afraid to choose plants that you find to be cute, crazy, unique, or different.
How do I take care of my plantings?
Be sure to keep all containers well-watered. Fertilize your plants following the fertilizer’s label directions. Most containers benefit from regular fertilization. Remember to deadhead and prune your plants. Some plants, like geranium and petunia, will produce more blooms faster if the old, dead blooms are removed. If the spiller plants get branches that are too long, you can prune or remove a ½ to 2/3 the total length of the stem and it will produce two to three new stems that grow more vigorously. Not all plants can be pruned, so make sure to research before you start cutting.