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Container Gardening - Planters and Pots

Updated on March 8, 2016

Small Space Gardening in Containers


Container Gardening

Container gardening is a great way to make full use of even the smallest outdoor space. Tubs, planters and pots can be placed with spectacular effect in large gardens, marking an entrance or bringing life to dull corners. Containers really come into their own when grouped in a confined space.

Container gardening is a wonderful opportunity to feature even your tropical house plants outdoors for the warmer months. Apartment balconies, terraces, backyards and courtyards can all be transformed by the use of carefully selected and planted containers.

Brightly Colored Flowers in Containers

Image by Field Outdoor Spaces
Image by Field Outdoor Spaces

Container Garden Ideas

There are a huge range of styles and sizes of container you can use, from imposing antique lead urns to small brightly colored plastic pots, with every variation in between. Containers come in just about any shape or size, in natural or manufactured materials, extravagantly ornate or plain, and in every imaginable color.

Alternatively, you could make your own planters, in which case your only constraints will be the size of your garden, the reach of your budget and the extent of your handicraft skills and imagination.

Container Gardening Techniques Video

Grow Strawberries and Herbs in Traditional Terracotta Pots

Image by Thomas Pix
Image by Thomas Pix

Brighten up Container Gardening - Paint Your Pots

Almost any container can be used as a planter…just drill holes in the base and you are ready to plant.

While wooden planters and ceramic pots are traditional favorites, old metal buckets, birdcages and car tires can all be used to great effect. Adding a coat of paint in your desired color scheme can tie a mish-mash of containers together.

Even if your space is very limited or you only have a balcony, you can still find an extremely satisfying form of self-expression through your choice of planter and the plants you grow in them.

Beautiful Blue Pots and Planters

Image by SDCDeaCerte
Image by SDCDeaCerte

Herbs in Pots for Small Space Gardening

Growing Summer Salad Vegetables in Containers

You can make use of any small outdoor space to grow salads in containers. For example a balcony, patio or deck can provide you with a source of fresh salad vegetables. Imagine your guests being able to pick their own salads to go with freshly barbecued meat!

One thing to be aware of with this type of small space container gardening is the weather. On an exposed patio or balcony your delicate plants may be vulnerable to the wind. Plus planters placed in direct sunlight may get overheated and will certainly require more watering.

Salad vegetables and herbs can be grown in all types of containers, pots, hanging baskets or grow-bags.

Easy to grow salad crops to consider include:

Lettuce or salad leaves - best to choose smaller varieties.

Tomatoes - miniature varieties in containers or hanging baskets.

Beetroot - baby beetroot grown from seed in large shallow troughs make a wonderful addition to summer salads.

Radishes - lots of varieties to choose from and they are very easy to grow. Just be sure to site them where slugs or other pests cannot get to them.

Spring onions - are perfect for salads.

There are other salad vegetables which will thrive in containers in some areas. Try buying an assortment of seeds and see what works for your outdoor spaces.

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Container Gardening - Your Comments

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  • Litany Notch profile image

    Litany Notch 2 years ago from South UK

    Thank you for your visit and kind comments!

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    Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

    All your container gardening ideas are very useful . I am particularly interested in such gardening since I have space suitable for container gardening only at my at my home/ apartment and I love growing plants.

    Lovely pictures and a well written hub. Thanks!

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    Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

    Great ideas on container gardening. Thanks for sharing;-)

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    a1flor 6 years ago

    Nice post! You truly have a wonderful way of writing which I find captivating! I will definitely be bookmarking you and returning to your blog.

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    Reed Talonario 8 years ago

    Great hub. I've done a lot of this type of planting because of limited space and really cruddy soil in my area.

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    jazzuboo 8 years ago from Queensland, Australia

    I'm more of a terracotta man myself. Container gardening is great for keeping herbs and spices close by in the kitchen.

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    Alex ONeill 8 years ago from Sweden (But I'm from Colorado)

    That stainless steel planter is freakin awesome!