When it comes to the best patio plants for container gardening there are numerous choices. The hibiscus is by far the most popular and easy to grow plant. The tropical, hardy hibiscus has a large rhizome that doubles as a flower and is a very pretty plant. In this article I will explore the benefits of container hibiscus for container gardening.
The hibiscus is a great flowering plant for container gardening. Come in many varieties of colors, from purple, red, orange, yellow and several fancy multi-colored hybrids. For best flowering provide the shrubs enough sunlight to survive. Easy to care for and maintain. It does well in most climates.
There are many species of geraniums. Geraniums come in three basic forms, primary, secondary and tertiary. The primary and secondary forms are more or less the same with the only difference being that they have left on the underside of the stems. The tertiary form has three types, the phlox, hellebore and broom. The broomger is the smallest and strongest of all the geraniums and is used as the base of many kinds of flowers.
There are two types of hibiscus, the hibiscus vulgaris and the hibiscus rose. If you are looking for the best patio plants for containers, the easiest plant to grow would be the hibiscus rose species. It is an elegant ornamental grass that blooms in full sun and responds well to fertilizer. It is low maintenance and one of the best at blocking sunlight.
Of course there are other attractive plants that would be best suited for your outdoor space. One that comes immediately to mind is the orchid. This exotic shrub thrives in sunny areas. The best time to plant or grow orchids is early spring through mid summer. Some orchids bloom a few weeks after the last frost and will bloom all year round.
An interesting plant to consider is the cacti. They can be grown indoors in the colder months of winter. A favorite indoor plant is the Red Cactus. This beautiful cactus grows well in full sunlight and will tolerate partial shade. The Red Cactus has many different colors of flowers that are used as potpourri.
Another plant to consider would be the rockwool. Rockwool is well-drained soil that is ideal for container gardens. The best container for rockwool is a peat-based mulch. The mulch must be well-drained and not have any pebbles in it, as the roots of the rockwool may get snagged in the pebbles and break.
There are several varieties of container garden that you might want to consider growing. There is the fruit and flower garden; the decorative garden; the aromatic garden; and the ornamental garden. Each of these requires a different mix of potting soil. In addition, each of these requires some sort of covering, whether it is a mulch or a protective fence. Whatever your choice may be, the most important factor to consider is the beauty of your container garden and how well-drained your potting soil is.
Most people do not realize it, but most container gardens are lacking in the structure and beauty of a traditional garden. The container plants rely on gravity to distribute water and nutrients to their roots. Unfortunately, this system often breaks down. Plants stop receiving the nutrients they need, and the flowers and foliage begin to wilt.
The best patio plants depend on drainage, both to the roots and to the surface of the containers. Therefore, pots with a mesh backing will drain much better than those without mesh. Plants that grow well in pots with a mesh backing include the likes of clematis, hostas, calkia, Japanese spurge, Mimulus, pygmy shrubs, rhubarb leaves, and true bloodroot. All of these can be planted in shallow containers, and you should be able to see them begin to grow soon after they are planted.
Pelargoniums are perhaps the best container plants for the fall. These plants, as their name suggests, grow best in large, container-type pots, and they thrive in full sunlight. A few choices for container plants that grow well in larger pots include the likes of chives, geraniums, and spireas. A few things to keep in mind when growing plants in containers are that they need good drainage, and they need to have plenty of light.
One more type that is useful all year is the clematis. These plants come in many varieties, and you can often find great deals on them at any garden center. The most popular varieties are the classic clematis of white and pink flowers, and the variegated clematis that look like a snowflake. They both need good soil, and you should pay special attention to the soil because it is the most important part of the growing season. Some clematis will flower all throughout the growing season, and some only once a year.