Perfect Patio Garden Plans
To achieve the most enjoyment from the fragrance and colorful splendor of your annual and perennial plantings this season, concentrate your efforts on or near the patio! Add warmth and charm to your patio garden by planting in attractive containers. Not only are they decorative and practical, allowing you to move your plants at will. Use planters to dramatize doorways and steps.
Try to find unique containers like kettles, whiskey barrels, cast iron urns, pots, pedestals and baskets to include in your patio garden plans. If the container you're using doesn't have drainage holes, line the bottom of it with an inch or more of gravel. Next, thoroughly mix and fill your containers with a rich-growing medium that consists of one-half good quality potting soil, one quarter perlite and one-quarter compost or peat moss.
When choosing plants for your patio garden, mix and match a variety of shapes, colors, textures and scents. Ivy, scented geraniums, petunias, astilbe, snapdragons, zinnia, impatients, forget-me-nots, China asters and herbs such as rosemary or thyme are excellent choices whether they are planted together or alone.
Since container plantings have a lower tolerance for neglect than do plants growing in garden soil, be sure to water when the soil feels dry to your touch and lightly fertilize regularly to ensure your plants have enough essential nutrients to keep them hearty and beautiful throughout the season.
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