July 16, 2012

My First Container Garden

I come from several generations of green thumbs - my dad is an amazing gardener! However, my thumbs aren't quite so green. But this spring and summer, I was determined to have a container garden.

What better way to try my first container garden than with free containers found in the 'hood on garbage day.In fairly good condition, I washed the containers and spray painted them black.

Next, off to Home Depot I went (Lowe's was of no help) with a list of good container garden plants I read about in Better Homes and Gardens magazine (love this mag!).

I found an employee who was so helpful and what he didn't know about, he researched on his iPhone. I came home with these four plants.I filled the planter 1/3 of the way with styrofoam peanuts and then soil.

Here is the planter in April . . .and here in July . . .Joseph's Coat which is special to me as that is the name of my dad and brother.Creeping Phlox which hasn't flowered yet.African Daisy which I hope will flower again.And lobelia which I absolutely am in love with!Seeing this container garden each morning on my front steps makes me happy.

Have you tried container gardens and if so, what are your favorite plants to use?

"Give me odorous at sunrise
a garden of beautiful flowers
where I can walk undisturbed."
- Walt Whitman

7 comments:

Kris said...

I love your containers! Amazing what you can find while driving around on garbage day. They are in great condition! I really love the plants you choose for the containers.

I had two HUGE Terracotta planters that I had on each side of the steps in the front of my house that I alternated every year with rosemary and geraniums. I have to say, I loved the ones with the rosemary the best. The smell was heavenly!

Kathy said...

The containers look great. Have a great afternoon!!

Joyness Sparkles said...

Awesome! We do container gardening on our balcony. I look forward to sharing photos of it this fall! :)

Mary said...

Hi, Single N.. love your containers especially painted. I have not done well with containers. I do love your forge me nots in the last pic. So sweet.

Mary said...

OOOOPs. I called the blue flowers for get me nots...they are not. Sorry.

Cameron {The Stimson Chronicles} said...

It looks amazing! I too come from a long line of green thumbs, but my own is in training :} I love those planters, I've been looking for some similar to those, and lucky you finds them on the street! I'm stopping by from Tip Junkie. Have a great week! ~Cameron

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

I've never had much luck with the container plants.
Seeing your results has given me the courage to try again.

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