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Pot gardening presents a number of challenges, such as pots drying out rapidly and requiring more regular feeding. But it can also bring with it opportunities, such as flexibility or moving things around in smaller spaces, and portability for those renting. Whenever I talk to people about plant selections for a garden, I find myself talking about ‘good value’ plants. These are the plants that offer the most bang for your buck; they are tough, they are fast-growing, they flower for ages or they produce an abundance of fruit. Here are a few of my top picks for pot gardening.

Choose plants that will suit the space you have available and remember to consider the height, spread, and weight of the plant when it is fully grown. Also, make sure you select a pot that has drainage holes and uses a quality potting mix suitable for the plant type. Water regularly and fertilize according to the instructions on the products you use. With a little care and attention, you will soon be enjoying your very own pot garden!

There are many factors to consider when choosing plants for pots, including the plant’s size, shape, and color. However, one of the most important considerations is the plant’s ability to withstand harsh conditions. If you live in an area with strong sun and high temperatures, you will need to choose a plant that is tolerant of heat and drought.

Some of my favorite plants for sunny areas include cacti, succulents, and Sedums. These plants are all hardy and can thrive in even the most challenging environments. In addition, they are all low-maintenance, so you won’t have to spend hours fussing over them. If you choose wisely, your pot plants will add both beauty and function to your outdoor space.

Sunny spots – Good value plants

  1. Gardenia – scented flowers over a long period, glossy green foliage.
  2. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Brunsfelsia) – flowers over a long period in three shades of purple.
  3. Lilly Pilly – foliage color, pretty flowers.
  4. Bay Tree – dark green leaves which can be used in cooking.
  5. Ficus – glossy green or variegated leaves.
  6. Sacred Bamboo (Nandina Domestica and dwarf forms) – attractive foliage color and form.
  7. Roses – flowers for six-nine months.
  8. Geranium new cultivars like ‘Big Red’ – flowers for most of the year. 
  9. Succulents such as Agave, Aloe, Cotyledon, and Echeveria – foliage color, form, and flowers.
  10. Cordyline –  attractive colored, strappy leaf foliage.

Shady Characters

When choosing plants for shaded areas, it is important to take into account the amount of light that the area receives at different times of the year. For example, an area that is in full sun in summer but shade in winter will require a different plant than an area that is in complete shade all year round. Be aware of the direction that the shaded area faces as well. North-facing areas will receive less light than south-facing areas. east- or west-facing areas will lie somewhere in between.

Once you have determined the type of light that your shaded area receives, you can select plants that are appropriate for that light level. Shade-loving plants such as ferns, impatiens, and begonias will do well in areas that only receive a few hours of sun per day. If your shaded area is in complete darkness, you may want to consider adding a potted plant that does not require any sunlight, such as a snake plant or philodendron. By taking into account the type of light that your shaded area receives, you can ensure that your plants will thrive and add beauty to your space.

Here are some of our favorite pot plants for semi-shaded or shaded areas such as pergolas, porches, and shade houses.

  • Lady or Rhapis Palm – attractive foliage and form.
  1. Camellias – glossy green leaves and flowers in winter-spring.
  2. Hydrangeas – stunning summer blooms.
  3. Daphne – heavenly-scented flowers in winter-spring and glossy green foliage.
  4. Gold Dust Plant (Aucuba) – glossy large leaves, variegated foliage.
  5. Begonia (especially the cane type) – flowers over a long period and attractive foliage.
  • Elephants Ear (Alocasia) – bold foliage and form, scented flower.
  1. Clivea – bright orange flowers and dark green strappy leaves.
  2. Bromeliads – fascinating forms with colorful foliage and flowers.
  • Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra) – glossy green leaves, with variegated forms available.

Many indoor plants also do well as outdoor plants in shaded or semi-shaded positions, including Monstera, Philodendron, and Aralia. These plants are known for their ability to thrive in low-light conditions, making them ideal for locations that receive indirect sunlight.

In addition to their adaptability, these plants are also known for their ability to purify the air, helping to improve indoor air quality. When placed in a shaded or semi-shaded position outdoors, these plants can help to filter out pollutants and improve the quality of the air around them. As a result, these plants can play an important role in creating a healthier environment both indoors and out.

Long-term prospects

When choosing plants for your premises, it is important to consider not only the size of the plant at maturity but also its long-term needs. Some plants can live in pots for decades, while others have a more limited lifespan. If you are unsure how long your desired plant will live, ask a gardening professional at your local nursery or garden center.

They can help you select a plant that is appropriate for both your indoor space and your pot size. Additionally, they can advise you on the best way to care for your plant to help it thrive. With a little planning, you can enjoy your indoor plants for years to come.

Pot Care

Whatever plants you choose for pots, they all need to be looked after well. A rule of thumb for looking after pots in sunny positions in dry climates is to water them daily during the hot weather and feed them regularly. This will depend a lot on the type of plants you have in pots and the pot size. It is far better to have fewer large pots rather than lots of small pots, as smaller pots dry out a lot quicker than larger ones do.

Also, ensure that the pots have drainage holes at the bottom so that the water can drain away and the plants don’t become waterlogged. If you follow these simple tips, your potted plants should thrive.

When it comes to fertilizing your plants, there are a few different options to choose from. If you want to go the organic route, slow-release organic-based fertilizer is a good option. You’ll just need to feed a little bit regularly. Or, you can use soluble fertilizers every few weeks.

Either way, keeping your plants strong and healthy will help them be more resistant to the stresses of heat and drought. In dry areas, it’s especially important to use premium potting soil. You might also want to consider adding some compost or coir to increase the soil’s water-holding capacity. By taking these measures, you can help your plants thrive even in tough conditions.

As any gardener knows, the soil is essential for growing healthy plants. Not only does it provide nutrients and support for roots, but it also helps to regulate moisture levels and prevent weed growth. However, soil can also be quickly eroded by wind and water, damaging plant life and making it difficult for new seedlings to take root. One way to help prevent soil erosion is to maintain a healthy lawn.

Grassroots help to hold the soil in place, and the dense network of blades helps to deflect wind and water. In addition, lawns help to slow down the flow of rainwater, giving the ground a chance to absorb the water before it runs off. As a result, a well-tended lawn can play an essential role in preventing soil erosion.

Production Pots

If you are limited on space but still want to produce your own fruits, veggies, and herbs, there are options for you. Strawberries, blueberries, and a number of fruit trees can be grown in pots as long as they are in a sunny position. For example, the minimum pot size for a fruit tree would be 50 cm in diameter to allow for compact or dwarf varieties.

With appropriate pruning and management, most normal varieties can be grown in larger pots that are 70 cm in diameter. Citrus trees respond well to container growing and have the added benefit of being both productive and ornamental with their glossy green leaves, deliciously scented creamy-white flowers, and colorful fruits. So if you have the right sunny spot, don’t let limited space stop you from getting creative with your gardening!

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