7 Steps to Choosing the Right Plants for Container Gardening

Container gardening provides gardeners with flexibility and an easy way to garden, even in small areas.

If you’ve already decided where to place your garden and you’ve chosen your pots, the next step to preparing your container garden is to choose your plants. In this tutorial, you will leave as an advanced container gardeners and learn to choose and start the perfect garden container!

With so many exciting plants to choose from, choosing the right plants can be difficult!

A container garden of petunias, daisies, marig...

A container garden of petunias, daisies, marigolds and other flowers in large plastic or ceramic planters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Container Gardening 101: Potting Your Plants the Correct Way!

Video Title: Pot your Plants – Choosing a Plant Container
Published by: Monkey See Monkey See YouTube Logo

Date Uploaded: May 28th, 2008

Category: Howto & Style

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Views: 2,026

Run-Time: 2:51

Description: In this video, Mitch demonstrates how to create a container garden including selecting the container type and appropriate plants, proper soil blend, watering and fertilizing, and seasonal considerations.

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Here are seven essential steps you can follow to ensure you choose the right plants for container gardening.

Choose Plants Appropriate for the Pot Size

  • First, you need to choose plants that are appropriate for the pot size.
  • In most cases, you’ll want to make sure that plants will never get more than twice the height of their container.
  • Also, plants shouldn’t get more than 1.5 times as wide as the container, according to gardening experts at About.com.
  • If you already have your pots, make sure you keep the size of the plants you choose relative to those pots.
English: transplanting plants from starter pot...

English: transplanting plants from starter pots to the garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Consider Pot Design when Choosing the Plants

    Why is the plant containers type of style designs important, when selecting seedlings?

  • It’s also a good idea to consider pot design when choosing plants for container gardening.
  • For example, if you have a very ornate container that you want to show off, keep the plants in the container simpler.
  • For plain pots, more ornate plants will be perfect.
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English: front yard landscaping the ultimate in container gardening (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Keep Overall Space Requirements in Mind

window of plants and more mismatched chairs

window of plants and more mismatched chairs (Photo credit: wockerjabby)


Pick Plants Appropriate for the Climate

  • Pick plants that are appropriate for the climate you’ll be growing them in. This is especially important if you’ll be keeping plants outdoors.
  • If you have room to bring plants indoors during extreme hot or cold weather, you can choose from a wider variety of plants.


The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (Photo credit: @Doug88888)


Select Options that Thrive in Similar Conditions

  • Not only should you choose plants that perform well for your climate, but also choose options that will thrive in similar conditions.
  • Look for plants that thrive in similar light, water and soil conditions for the best results.

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Consider Plants that Combine Well Together

When choosing the plants for your containers, consider plants that will combine well together.

  • For example, most containers look best with a filler plant, a trailing plant and a tall plant in the container.
  • This creates a stunning display when the plants reach maturity.
  • Spend some time doing research to find great combinations of filler, trailing and tall plants for your containers.
Gorgeous Purple Flower in Full Bloom Picture

Gorgeous Purple Flower in Full Bloom Picture

Pay Attention to Colors and Textures

  • Last, pay attention to colors and textures as you choose the plants for container gardening.
  • It’s nice to add interest to your garden with a beautiful blend of colors and textures.
  • Contrasting colors add impact and drama while varying shades of a single color provides tranquility and peace within your garden.

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Resources Used in Writing of this Article:
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