Growing plants in containers involves a different set of challenges and rewards than traditional gardening. Whether you are adding color to your porch with some CobraCo® hanging baskets, or you are raising vegetables in pots because of limited yard space, Avant Garden Decor has a full selection of CobraCo® and Gardeners Blue Ribbon® products to help you turn small spaces into giant rewards.
Our How-To articles offer a great place for you to go to get started with your container garden. Be sure to check out our articles below for answers by the experts!
Plants can add privacy and add a design touch all your own to a balcony no matter how large or small.
You can use plants to create some screening between you and the rest of the world without taking up precious floor space.
If you have a balcony, you can introduce trailing foliage in railing and horse trough planters along the railing. If feasible, fill hanging baskets with cascading foliage and trailing plants, then suspend them from a ceiling or building facade.
All natural coco liners used with wire and metal planters, stands and hanging baskets exhibit a lighter, open design style that fits well into a smaller space while the rich, natural color of coconut fiber complements the beauty of any plant. For a different look, porous coco liners also let you grow trailing plants so they emerge from the liner through the sides of the decorative basket.
Coco liners keep soil in and aid in keeping it moist. Plus, coco is naturally resistant to insects, bacteria, fungi, mold and diseases. Known for their excellent drainage and aeration properties, coco liners promote visibly better, faster plant growth by rehydrating easily while preventing root rot.
If you do have enough space, add floor planters and plant stands in varying heights around the perimeter or in a corner. An excellent design element is the modular vertical planting system now available that utilize stacking planter boxes for flowers and foliage. These versatile modular units come in varying heights and widths and can be configured to create screens of living plants to add privacy and style to apartment and condo balconies, as well as to decks and patios.
Living in an apartment or condo doesn’t mean you must forgo the pleasures of gardening, of enjoying the beauty of greenery, or expressing your design style. Just look around, there are decor items made especially for you that can keep flowers and foliage a part of your life.
Like to garden, but lack the time, the space or even a yard? Decorating a deck or patio? Want to grow some herbs or vegetables for cooking? If so, you might consider trying container gardening.
Container planters, available in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, offer you considerable gardening versatility.
If space is an issue, you can grow your container plants on a balcony, deck, patio, porch – or even a doorstep – while creating an attractive decorative display as an additional benefit.
Or maybe you’re seeking a convenient way to grow a few vegetables and herbs. A single tomato plant and some potted herbs may meet your needs.
Choose containers that reflect your own sense of style and design and complement your home and outdoor space. But take into account how well they help–or hinder–plant growth. There are many sizes, shapes, and materials from clay, wood, plastic, or ceramic from which to choose. These all require an adequate number of holes in the bottom for proper drainage. Additional holes may be needed in containers that do not drain quickly.
A good choice are all natural coco liners. They make great container liners, particularly for wire and metal planters, stands and hanging baskets. They keep soil in and aid in keeping it moist. Coco liners also can be used with hard-wall planters.
Plus, coco is naturally resistant to insects, bacteria, fungi, mold and diseases. Known for their excellent drainage and aeration properties, coco liners promote visibly better, faster plant growth by rehydrating easily while preventing root rot.
Generally speaking, most plants can grow in containers. The size of the container should be chosen based on the plants you choose. Make sure your container provides ample space for the plant to develop roots.
A fairly lightweight soil or potting mix is preferable for container gardening.
The medium should be firm enough to support plants, but porous enough for the roots to receive water and air. Packaged potting soil is readily available and is likely to encourage plant growth. You can also add a half inch or so of mulch on top of the growing medium.
A water-soluble fertilizer used every two to three weeks works well for container plantings. Be careful not to over-fertilize.
Most plants require a minimum of 5 hours of sunlight a day and some, like tomato plants, even more. With containers, you have the advantage of moving your plants to determine the optimum amount of sun they require to thrive.
Containers may dry out very quickly, especially if they are placed in full sun. Pay close attention to your container plantings. The volume of soil is relatively small, so daily or even twice-daily watering may be required. Water your plant until the water runs out of the coco liner or drainage holes. Terra cotta, clay and other porous pots also allow additional evaporation from the sides of the pots. When your soil tends to be excessively dry or the plants wilt, place your containers close to one another. The foliage can help to create shade for the soil to keep it cool and moist. Nowadays, you can even find containers that include a water reservoir at the bottom that allows for less frequent watering.
Placing containers on solid surfaces reduces drainage. Raise the container an inch or two by placing it on blocks of wood. And consider using hanging baskets.
Using containers, you can garden on the smallest balcony, porch or deck. Even on a rooftop or doorstep. Grow ornamentals for display or vegetables and herbs for dining. The opportunities presented by container gardening are unlimited.