The Q&A Archives: Container gardening

Question: What can I plant in strawberry pots besides strawberries and herbs?

Answer: Try a strawberry jar filled with different varieties of sedum. Many sedums are creeping plants with green, bicolored, or tricolored foliage. Plants bloom with yellow, red, or white flowers. They thrive in hot dry places so this jar will prosper even with infrequent watering and neglect.

For a table in the shade, try a small strawberry jar filled with a variety of ivies as a centerpiece. Ivies grow vigorously with trailing branches creating an interesting centerpiece. Other plants for a shaded strawberry jars include browallia, lobelia, and impatiens. Choose bright colors or white to lighten up shady areas.

How about a jar for fragrance? Heliotrope, sweet alyssum, lemon verbena, creeping thyme and miniature carnations are some of the most fragrant flowers in the garden. A sunny spot intensifies the fragrance. Trim plants in mid-summer to encourage a second flush of bloom in late summer.

Hope this gives you some ideas!

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