Perennials For Containers? - Knowledgebase Question

Wheeling, IL
Question by chcrouch
April 8, 2001
Are there any flowering perennials that are suitable for potting in containers?

Thanks for your help!


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Answer from NGA
April 8, 2001

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Most annual and perennial flowers adapt to growing in containers, and some veggies will grow in containers, as well. When choosing containers, make sure they have adequate drainage holes in the bottoms, and use potting mix rather than garden soil. Potting mixes contain organic material, sand and perlite or vermiculite, which makes them light, fast-draining and moisture retentive. The plants you choose should be specific to the environment. If it's a sunny spot, you can grow zinnias and cherry tomatoes in the same pot. If it's a shady spot, grow pansies and lettuce together. For some specific ideas, consult "Container Gardening for Dummies", published by IDG, ISBN# 0-7645-5057-8. The book is full of plant lists for specific situations, discusses the basics of watering and fertilizing, and provides lots of ideas for turning your deck or balcony into a colorful garden site.

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