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Container Garden Tips

Tip #1. Use paint to update or change the color on old containers. I used Wise Owl paint on a old brown flower pot that I wanted to give a "French Country" look to. I knew the Wise Owl would work on plastic but I didn't know how it would hold up in the weather. It turned out amazing....and still looks great after two years.  Spray paint works well for plastic too, but I wanted a more weathered softer look than spray gives you. Fastest way to update the plastic pot that your plants or flowers come in from the store is to paint it.

Tip 2: Think outside of the box (or use the box) and use the unexpected containers for your flowers or plants. Before tossing that metal container, old wooden box, broken dishware think how it might work in your garden as either a container or to spruce up with some color. If the item can provide drainage or easily have some holes drilled and it will hold at least 4 inches of soil it can be used to hold your lovely plants. The broken dishware or broken ceramic pots can be placed throughout the garden to bring some color and whimsy to the space. Be creative and have fun.

 Tip 3:Add interest, height and more color when you layer. Layer in a few complementary flowers or plants to give your container more depth and appeal.  Remember 3 words – Thriller, Filler, Spiller – Thriller is the tall dramatic flower that sits in the center or in the back center of the container. Filler is the low growing flower/plant that will spread out around the base of the container “filling” it in. Spiller is the flower that will flow over the sides of the container. Some height and a pop of color and suddenly your container comes alive and becomes the main attraction in  your garden or on your porch or patio.

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