Choosing Plants for a Container Garden: Home Gardening Tips, Ideas & Advice

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Learn how to choose plants for a container garden in this free home gardening video. Get beginner gardening tips, ideas & advice.

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Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. Let’s talk a little bit about choosing plants for containers. We will look at the container that we just planted up. What I’ve done with this container is I know I am working in a shade area. So I’ve chosen plants that are going to take a partial sun to shade kind of situation and I’ve used different plants to get different effects. The plectranthus down here in front is known as a trailer. There is a little bit of flower power to this one but it is mostly here for the foliage but the foliage is such a great color. We’ve got this nice dark purple here but that’s all I expected it to do. We can think about color outside of things just other than flowers. The colias here is much the same kind of plant. This is another one that is going to want a shaded situation, it’s going to grow great and you can see we have some different contour. We have sort of this lime chartreuse yellow one and we’ve got another one up here with different shades of red in the foliage. Now that’s working for me on a couple of different levels. One, I’ve introduced yellow up against my red which is a great contrast and both in the high color spectrum, and secondly I’ve introduced some reds back in that also play with the red I have here in the plectranthus. What we are using all these guys foliage around; the big flower show is going to be here in the middle of the fuschia. Now the fuschia offers some nice red color and I’ve chosen one with a red outside and white centers. Remember this is a great thing to remember when you are mixing colors for container. White goes with everything. It’s something to remember wherever you are. It can be a great transition color back and forth between hot colors and cool colors or from blues to pinks, red to yellows, oranges to other colors. It’s a great plant to use in that transitional mode. So this means I can use this against any number of different flower colors but here again, we’ve got all plants that are going to work in that partially shaded situation which is just perfect for where I am going to be putting this container right over here. So the big key is, remember go to your tags, read them carefully, find the plants that are going to be the right size, the right shape, the right color and most importantly be in the right place when you finally get your container planted and put where you want it to stay.


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