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Potted Gardens: An easy way to create backyard appeal

Updated on August 5, 2012

Stuck in the city with a concrete backyard and five stories high? Or are you on land that can’t maintain perfect soil? But still longing for a luscious backyard filled with vibrant greens and colorful flowers? You can still have your garden by growing plants in pots or other types of containers. Just continue to apply basic gardening techniques (i.e. spacing, sun and water, pruning, and etc.) and you will bloom a beautiful garden in no time. Here are a few plants that grow with ease in pots.


Brugmansia: Cypress Gardens

This plant is nicknamed the Angel’s Trumpets due to the trumpet shape of its flowers. This plant grows quickly and can bloom many trumpets at once at a young age. The plant favors full sun and blooms in the spring, summer and fall.


Passiflora: Blue Eyed Susan

Created by breeders Roland Fischer and Carolee Anita Boyles, this plant is a cross between P. edulis, P, incarnarta, and P. cincinnata. This fast grower blooms flowers that are both fragrant and colorful and distinctive with its ruffles corona. This plant favors full sun and will reach two to three feet tall with blossoms that are over four inches in diameter.


Swiss Balcony Geranium Collection

This collection is an extremely fast and easy way to bring a variety of colors to your potted backyard because they contain one of each: Pelargonium’Cascade White’, P. ‘Mini Cascade Lavendar’, P. ‘Balcon Royale Red’ and P. ‘Desrumeaux’. Geraniums favor full sun and can handle extreme heat. Their blossoms continue into the fall and can withstand winter if potted indoors.


Allamanda: Golden Butterfly

This vine less version is great for a potted garden because it grows bushy but contained. This plant favors full sun and will blossom fragrant, bright yellow flowers from early spring to late fall. This plant can withstand the winter season if brought indoors.


Aloysia virgate: Sweet Almond Verbena

This continuous bloomer will provide blossoms year round that provide a sweet smelling fragrance. This plant favors full sun and is fast growing. An extra bonus: When grown outside, be ready for your plant to be adorned by butterflies of all varieties!


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      Your Cousins 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Love the Angel's Trumpet and Blue-Eyed Susan! I am always good at growing the beginning. Then I become an absentee gardener and plants dry out and weeds take over. Maybe I'll give it one more try. Thanks for the hub.


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