Saturday, May 19, 2012
Container Gardening Essentials
Whispering Hills' own flower expert Shelley Isenhart has come up with the perfect guide to container planting, and it starts with three words.
Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers: Steps to a gorgeous container garden
-Thrillers, not to be confused with the talented dancing corpses in Michael Jackson's hit video, are tall, interesting plants to be placed in the center or back of a container. Good thrillers add a central, eye-catching element and include ornamental grasses or tall varieties of coleus.
|Diamond Frost Euphorbia|
|Sweet potato vine, a stunning spiller|
-Use high-quality potting soil in the container and add a granular, time-released fertilizer such as Florikan's Dynamite.
-Maintenance is the key to a successful container garden. Stressed container plants will look the part quickly, so it's important to practice 'deadheading' - the pruning of dead blooms - and water frequently. Probe the soil with a finger every other day to check for moisture content.
For more information on container gardening, visit the guide at the University of Illinois Horticulture Extension.