How container gardens can convert your balcony or patio into an oasis – The Denver Post

Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post

The container gardens of Sheila Schultz at her Denver home. These are containers with tomatoes, rhubarb, and herbs.

Container gardens yield many benefits — not the least of which are lovely, low-maintenance landscapes and fresh veggies bursting from small spaces.

“The biggest benefit is that container gardening is great for people without soil to grow in, whether they live in small spaces or have balconies, or HOAs that don’t allow changes to landscaping,” said Brien Darby, manager of urban food programs at Denver Botanic Gardens.

“It’s a luxury to have fresh greens growing, but it’s an attainable luxury,” Darby said.

Laurie Jekel, who founded The Last Detail in 1980, has designed the container gardens at Cherry Hills Country Club for the past 25 years.

“Start small. You don’t have to tackle the whole landscape. Just tackle some pots,” Jekel said. “It’s not that hard, and you can get a big bang for not so many bucks. If you grow veggies and herbs as an urban person, you get truly organic fresh produce.”

Containers add pizzazz to outdoor spaces, delivering almost-instant impact with color, texture and dimension of the pots.

“Containers add height to early-season vegetable gardens with spring kale, mustard, and chard, so it doesn’t look like a flat green landscape,” Darby said. “Lots of us use groupings of containers for the color of the pots. I like bright, primary colors with vegetables.”

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