Just because you stay in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have all of the plants you’ve ever dreamed of having. I mean, yes space is limited and I know you don’t want a bunch of pots scattered all over your patio. But you can still have the hydrangeas, apple tree, blueberry bush and a lemon tree that you dreamed of having. Plus more. All you have to do is utilize your pot to maximize your space. Here are 5 ways to get more bang for your buck with potted plants!

Garden terrace and fireplace

What You Need to Know First.

Planting multiple plants in one container will give you more fruit, or color if you’re planting flowers, and utilize the empty space towards the bottom of the pot. However, if not done correctly one plant can steal all of the water and nutrients from the other.

To prevent this from happening you must do a few things. First, you will need to use a strong fertilizer in order for all of the plants to get equal amounts of nutrients. Try our Organic Planting Mix to give all of your plants the perfect amount of nutrients 

Now, The Fancy Pot.

My Golden Columnar apple tree with Steven cranberries

Container gardening not only allows you to have all of the plants you want, without the clutter, but it also adds an upscale look to any area. Especially if it’s planted in a fancy planter. The picture to the right is a photo of my container garden. The tree is a golden columnar apple tree and, as you may know, at the bottom I planted our Stevens cranberries. Because they come in a 1-quart pot, I used about 8 or 10 of the cranberries to give it this full look. If you don’t want it to be that full then you can use less, but the planter is about a 24-inch container. If you don’t want a pot that large, the minimum size I would suggest is a 5 gallon because if it’s any smaller the root-balls will become intertwined and become bound.

Large flower pots decorate an outdoor patio of a log building.

Whatever planter you decide to get, please just make sure that it has drainage holes at the bottom. If you can’t pass up the most amazing planter you’ve ever seen, I’ve been there myself, take the time to drill some drainage holes at the bottom. It’s better to be safe than sorry. A found an extraordinary pot I just couldn’t say no to a few years ago and decided I was going to plant my rose tree in it regardless of whether or not it had drainage holes or not. It literally died that Friday. Because I wanted it to look pretty and not actually be healthy. The water at the bottom of the pot was trapped and sat there causing root rot. So, please learn from my mistakes and at least drill some drainage holes!

But, How Do I Make it Look Like That?

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It’s important to create the perfect structure to add elegance to your container garden. That’s why I have a few tips and tricks to get you started. First, Make sure the plant in the middle is your superstate. This plant should be taller than the rest and will add height. Try some of our flowering trees, fruit trees, or even some of our ornamental grass if you’d like to accomplish this same look to the right.

Second, find some flowers you like, your nice foliage, to fill any gaps between this and the superstar center piece. As you may already know, we have plenty of flowers that you can pick from, or you can do what I did and use some fruit instead. A nice look would be one of our Magnolia trees with blueberries or even our Lemon tree with over flowing hydrangeas!

Whether you live in an apartment or have limited space when it comes to creating a garden, it’s not impossible to get everything that you want. With this handy dandy trick, you can still plant everything you want, and have enough space to entertain guests comfortably, too. Not only do container gardens maximize your space, but it also adds a very upscale look to any area as well.

 

 

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12 years ago I was sitting around, talking with two of my favorite, fellow Plant Geeks. We were trying to figure out why so many, superior plant varieties were not available to the public and were seldom offered in Garden Centers. Instead, the stores sold less attractive, older varieties, proven to be disease and insect prone. They also sold the sprays and chemicals that their customers would eventually need. The Ah Ha moment hit us and a company was formed. We decided that we would only offer the highest quality plants that must be Easy to Grow.