Tips for Successful Container Gardening

Do you stare in wonderment at the lovely flowering containers overflowing with color on your trips to the nursey or while flipping through stunning home and décor magazines? Maybe your favorite websites showcase outdoor spaces bursting with color from a huge selection of creative containers and vessels for seasonal bedding flowers. If you’re convinced that you don’t have a green thumb or the skill set for creating such master pieces that only grow lovelier throughout the season, nothing could be further from the truth. Take these suggestions from the gardening experts to jump start your path to successful container gardening. There’s no time better than the present to get started. Prepare to have lots of soil in your hands and plenty of lifting and moving. This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in some fun, casual clothing perfect for gardening from the huge selection available through  American Apparel.

Before you rush out and purchase a trunk full of bedding plants and various containers, make a plan. Decide if you’re going to focus on placing containers in the front of your home at the entrance or a collection of flowering pots on your back deck or patio. Identify the sun exposure in these spaces. Do they receive direct sun in the morning or afternoon? Do they remain in the shad e throughout the course of the day or are these spaces receiving only select hours of sunlight each day? The amount of direct sun is the determining factor for which bedding flowers to purchase for which areas around your home.

Don’t be in a rush at your local garden store or nursery. Take your time in identifying flowers and arrangements that appeal to you. Some nurseries offer weekend classes or short sessions on tips for container gardening.  Make your selection of containers first. This will then determine the volume of bedding flowers to purchase.  Select flowers that can trail down the side of the pot for interest and others that have varying heights. Purchase large quantities of quality bedding soil. Rich soil, together with sunlight and water are the components that will ensure your flowers thrive. (A little song can help as well!)