April 16, 2014
April may bring showers, but this is a great time to bring your apartment some flowers! When living in an apartment, gardening in containers is a way to add splashes of color and natural beauty to your environment. Use containers where soil is absent or of poor quality, such as on steps, decks, and balconies. Add instant blooms the day of a party, move a mature sun-loving plant to a shady balcony, or move certain flowers indoors until the weather permits outdoor display.
- Choose your containers. Garden stores carry a variety of pots, boxes, and hanging planters, but more creative choices — such as watering cans, hollowed-out logs, plastic-lined baskets, or even old boots — also can serve. Containers should hold water well enough that plants won’t dry out quickly, yet also be permeable enough to allow air circulation. Be sure they have enough root space for the plants they will hold.
- Select your plants. Start with familiar favorites and building around them. Create compositions of plants that complement each other but vary in form, texture, and size. Don’t stop with just a single pot — the more the merrier! Mix and match pots and plants to make a powerful statement.
Tend faithfully. Water often. Remove spent blooms and leaves regularly.
From Better Homes and Gardens