Container gardens are easy, cost-efficient, beautiful

So you have downsized from your big house and huge beautiful garden but you still have the desire to plant flowers. What to do? Have you considered container gardening on your patio or porch? It is simple, quick, very convenient, cost-efficient, and beautiful.

Here are some steps to help you get started:

Make a detailed list of your likes and favorite plants before you shop. Date and save the plant tag for future reference. Follow the directions. Go for the WOW plants with colors, textures, and different heights. If sunlight is a problem, place your pots on a garden pot mover with wheels. Vertical gardening with trellises on walls is a good solution to create more space.

Check your available containers for what types of flowers would be appropriate. If the pot is too small, it will crowd the roots, resulting in a lack of water, oxygen, and nutrients — all vital for a healthy plant. If the pot is too large it can result in excessively moist soil which will cut off oxygen and will drown the roots. All flowers in each individual pot should require the same amount of light and water. Some unique containers could include a birdcage, old painted chair, kettle, old boot or shoe, bucket, old lunch box, and many more. Use your imagination as you explore your options.