There are numerous outdoor potted plants that are beautiful additions to your backyard landscaping. Whether you are planting for a deck, patio, or other landscaping project, there are outdoor plants that are easy to care for, look great, and will help keep your yard looking neat at all times. Continue reading to learn more about how to plants with these wonderful garden tips.
Start by planting annuals or perennials that are native to your area. If you live in a warm and sunny climate, you’ll probably want to choose drought tolerant annuals such as lavender, daffodil, and calendula. Place outdoor potted plants in full sun to dry out in the heat. Full sun is essential for many California and Mediterranean plants because they need to absorb as much of this sun as possible to survive. Be sure to plant annuals and perennials from seed because it won’t be until the next year that they’ll sprout.
Be careful not to place outdoor potted plants directly in the sun. Full sun can quickly dry out their leaves and stems, causing them to wilt and die. Cover the plants when in full sun, allowing only short periods of bright sun to reach the leaves. When the flowers begin to bloom, use a screen or draped newspaper to shelter them from direct sun. This will prevent the leaves from burning and the stems from drying out.
Follow these simple watering tips if you’re caring for an indoor garden. Water your plants carefully to avoid scorching the leaves. Use water according to the package’s instructions. If the plants have hard, woody stems, use a gentle pressure on the soil to loosen the mass before watering. Use a hose to water just before the roots wilt.
Indoor gardeners often wonder what types of outdoor potted plants need extra light. All plants need light, but they also need to have regular watering. California and Mediterranean planters can survive with minimal watering. In fact, the only watering they need is to keep the soil moist enough to absorb water from the planters.
Hanging baskets provide the perfect spot to grow well, year-round. Hanging baskets can be used as planters or even to frame your favorite plants. But if you’re planting outdoor potted plants in hanging baskets, remember to place them 6 to 8 inches away from the center of the basket. If your garden has some taller shrubs, such as cherry tomatoes, be careful where you place the hanging baskets so they do not shade the shrubs.
Many containers are sold with a stake attached to the bottom. If yours does not have this, make sure you purchase a pot with a strong support. Staking is usually not required for perennials other than annuals, bulbs, and some flowering plants. Some perennials, however, do better in the shade because they bloom less during the hottest part of the year. Check with the nursery or dealer to find out more about which perennials are best suited for your area. Failing that, do some research online and in gardening magazines.
Full sun potted plants and even some flowering shrubs will bloom beautifully in full sun if you allow them some exposure to afternoon sun. Sunflowers and some evergreens do very well if planted in the shade. Even so, if your flowers and shrubs do not like full sun, remember that they love partial shade as well. Try to keep them shaded during the hottest part of the day, but allow them to enjoy some morning sun during the rest of the time. In addition, many flowers and shrubs do very well with occasional morning sunlight as well.