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Container Gardens

containerBarbara is famous for her container gardens. Come browse through containers she has already made or bring your own containers. Give us a couple of days, and we'll be happy to put plants in them for you at no extra charge.

Here are some of Barbara’s helpful hints if you want to do your own container garden:

Anything that can hold soil and water can be a container. Clay pots are the most popular, however when filled can be quite heavy. If you live in a windy area this is great, however clay is porous, so if you aren’t good about watering, clay is not a good choice for you.  

There are also plastic and foam pots. These are lighter than clay, come in all shapes and sizes, and are not porous; so do not dry out as quickly. If you “forget” to water, go with a plastic or foam pot. Many plastic pots look like they are clay so you can get the best of both aesthetic and ease. hanging pot

If you want your pot to hang, there are also a variety of options. Hanging baskets come in wood, plastic, and wire. Wire baskets must be lined with sphagnum moss (available by the foot or in a bag at Frerichs) before they can be filled with soil. Wire baskets also tend to dry out quickly.

Remember, anything that can hold soil and plants can be a container—old watering cans, wagons, you name it!

Soil Mixes:
Soil for container gardens must have good aeration and drain well while retaining enough water for good growth. Usually these are called “soil less mixes.” Containers should be filled to within one inch of the top with soil.
Container gardens tend to dry out quickly. While the frequency of watering depends on the type of plants and their location, we recommend checking them daily.
All container gardens planted at Frerichs contain Osmocote, a time-release fertilizer. We recommend using this so you don’t have to remember to fertilize. Osmocote is available at the cash register. 

As always, deadheading and cutting back the plants allow for better overall growth. We know it hurts to cut off flowers, but really, it helps the plant!

  • Combine flowering plants with foliage plants in a ratio of 3 flowering plants to 1 foliage plant.

  • Plants should be twice as tall as the container.

  • Most important: Use your imagination and have fun!

A few mixes that usually do well:

Mostly Shade
Coleus & Impatiens or Double Impatiens
Double Begonias, Coleus & Double Impatiens
Fuchsia & Ivy or Mint
Sun/Partial Shade
Verbena, Ivy Geranium & Angelonia
Lobelia, Petunia & Calibrachoa
Bidens & Scaevola
Petunia, Marigold & Diamond Frost
Nasturtiums & Verbena
Osteospermum, Ivy Geranium, Tradescantia
Sun Coleus, Marigold & Lysimachia
Pot of Tea:
Lemon Thyme, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Balm, Gold Edged Thyme, Peppermint, Spearmint
Cooks Garden:
Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Chives, Parsley
Chef's Garden
Common Thyme, Gold Edged Thyme, Golden Sage, French Tarragon, Parsley, Rosemary, Green Sage
Children's Garden
Oregano, Dill, Chives, Thyme, Green Sage, Peppermint, Rosemary
Fragrance Garden
Lavender, Spearmint, Lemon Balm, Gold Edged Thyme, Peppermint, Lemon Thyme, Lemon Verbena