Integrating Planters into Your Landscape
Container plants are an easy, inexpensive way to update and accent your existing landscaping. Artistic and eye-catching, container plants are a welcome addition to any walkway, entrance, or patio. There are plenty of plants that will thrive in these temporary pots. Here are some of the ones I like to use for my clients:
- Begonias are about as easy as it gets. These flowers do well in a variety of conditions, but do best if kept in a place that has a little shade, and give them lots of fertilizer and water.
- Blue Salvia is perfect for a sunny area with a well-drained soil. This flower’s best feature is its color. The blue salvia’s flowers is a deep, almost true blue (as opposed to the more purplish blue of many perennial salvias.)
- Impatients are a beautiful annual. They fill out well, so you can space them four inches apart. The most important thing to remember about impatiens plants is to water them regularly. Keep them moist, but not too wet. If the plants dry out, they will lose their leaves.
- Croton is a highly colorful, leafy plant. These often do well as indoor plants, but I like to use them in pots that are in shaded areas. Because it is a tropical plant, it does benefit from high humidity, so placing it on a pebble tray or regular misting will help keep it looking its best.
- Hibiscus are the perfect tropical flair for a pool area. If you repot them, make sure it is nice and cozy. Don’t cover their roots with a lot of dirt. They love the humid Nebraska summers!
- All pots need a trailing element of some sort. For that, I like to include variegated ivy. Ivy likes bright sunlight, but not direct sunlight.
As with any other landscaping project, planning is essential. Decide where the container will go and buy plants that fit that spot’s lighting and water availability. Mix up the heights and colors, and you will have an artistic focal point for your outdoor living space.