Friday, July 15, 2011

Perennials in Pots

Once upon a time I loved annuals in hanging pots! Browsing through magazines when the outside world was drab and cold, I'd dream and plan. And the greenhouses? Oh my - especially in the  greenhouses! Lush, perfect, healthy, in-their-peak-loveliness and all ready for Mother's Day. 'In their peak' is the key word...the baskets were in their peak and it wasn't long until they looked scraggly and ready to be thrown away. Even planting my own - well, missing one day in the hot July months was enough to literally cook 'em. The only person in my small world whom I knew was successful with hanging/potted plants is DIL M...she's gifted in putting colors together and has a green thumb! So I decided to skip spending allthatmoneyjusttohavethemdie and plant perennials in pots.
And I like it! The advantages?
  • Planting 'em in bigger pots and leaving several inches in the pot to the top, takes less watering - you can douse 'em with lots of water at once.
  • They're not so stinkin' finicky, wilting at the first heat wave that comes along.
  • They're striking in pots.
  • You can use regular dirt mixed with compost...that's cheaper.
  • Best of all, it saves money.
  • Unless you're gone for weeks, no one has to make a special trip to your house to water 'em.
  • It's freedom - the best of both worlds - plants in pots without being a slave to 'em! :)
Are these enough of reasons to convince you?

My potted perennials.

Coral Bells
Sedem in a window box.
I was pleasantly surprised this lavender survives the winter. This is its third summer in this pot and I'm loving it! It's slower to grow but is worth the end classy!

I like the look of perennials clustered together, though they can be moved around to personal taste. A warning - they're heavy!

By the back deck.
The other side.

...happy gardening!

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Shirley said...

I've grown hostas in pots but planted in the ground in the fall. I'm not sure what zone you are but perennials rarely overwinter in pots here, zone 3, Alberta.

The perennials do look lovely in pots!

Clipped Wings said...

Living just outside of Nashville, I grow native passion vine in large tubs along with clematis. Around the deck on the patio, I have four tubs each with a spicebush in it and a clematis for company. They all survive the winters that can get down into the single digits just fine so far. I used regular top soil with compost mixed in. I do have to water them once or twice a week in summer,and fertilize once a month when they are growing. They look great, so I don't mind the little extra work. Nice post.

ana @ i made it so said...

visiting from an oregan cottage.. lovely perennials you've got going. everything looks lush and quite happy!

Melinda said...

So beautiful! I wonder if I could overwinter those perennial with out losing them here in southern Iowa?

Barb @ A Life in Balance said...

Love the foliage on the perennials! What's your zone? I'm not sure if I could overwinter perennials in my zone 6/7, but I'm willing to try.

Beth said...

I'm a BIG believer in gardening in pots too - it's amazing just how many different perennials will thrive if given enough water.

Green Bean said...

Very nice. I don't do pots very much but am thinking this might be a good way to go for a few places in my yard. Thanks for sharing.

Tootsie said...

thanks for linking in this week. I am always in awe of all the different flowers everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I always enjoy stopping by here! I hope you will link in again soon!
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Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I especially love the potted hosta! I need to divide some of mine, that currently reside in my flower beds, and put them in pots. Your gardens, like your cottage, are quite lovely, Esther!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Jami said...

What a great idea! I have a few perennials in pots, but I, too, get tired of the annuals. Hmmm...I wouldn't want to give up my hanging baskets, though. But if I didn't have to worry about the others? Thanks for sharing this!

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage

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