Potted bushes and container shrubs have a number of advantages. For one thing, you do not need an extensive space to grow your potted plants. These shrubs and plants are small enough that they do not take up much space and yet big enough that you can still enjoy the beauty of flowers, foliage, and color in your home or office. Also, they can be used for a variety of different purposes. Here are some reasons why you should consider container gardening.
When it comes to container gardening, potted bushes and plants are great for low maintenance free. You do not have to water your plants or worry about weeds or pests destroying them. Since they are easy to move around, you can reposition your potted bushes or shrubs anytime you want to move the arrangement to another area of your garden. This makes for easy cleaning and minimal cleanup after you have finished using the area.
Potted shrubs and plants can make beautiful accents for a patio or deck, and they are easy to maintain. Even if you cannot move your container bushes or shrubs around, you can trim the plants each spring with a hedge trimmer and have the plants look lovely all summer long. You do not have to worry about weeds being able to take root in your potted shrubbery because they will not be growing anywhere near where you live. Even if weeds do appear near your potted bushes or shrubs, you can easily remove them with a weed whacker or a scissor to keep the roots from multiplying.
Many people choose to use their potted bushes and shrubs as a great accent to a deck or patio, and they make a great focal point for a group of lamps. You can easily hang mop head hydrangeas or lanterns around your potted shrubs, and you can find ways to make your potted shrub or bush more attractive by arranging the flowers or herbs in a way that you like. For instance, you might hang some cut flowers in a bunch along one side of the potted shrub so that it stands out from the rest.
When choosing what container to grow your potted bushes and shrubs in, you must choose the right one for the type of plant you have. Some plants need specific types of containers, and you may have to do a little research to find out which container would be best for your particular plant. Plants that are particularly messy, such as the tea bush, will do better in pots that are not free draining soil. Certain types of shrubs and plants, such as the mophead hydrangea, will do better in loose soil in a container that has free draining soil. Be sure that your container has drainage holes to keep your potted bushes and shrubs from becoming moldy and damp.
The size of the container is also very important. If you are growing a small shrub, like a cherry tomato, in a big container, you will probably need a smaller container so that the roots have enough room to spread out. A big tree, like a maple, will need a larger container and wider roots so that the roots are not crowded out by the roots of other plants. In general, the bigger the container, the larger the roots, so you will probably do well with a medium size container that has a two-inch gap at the top for the roots to spread out. Your container will need to be relatively airy because a large tree will shade the roots and will need the sun to bring enough heat in during the winter months.
You should report your container once a year, but the frequency will depend on the length of time your shrub or bush has been in the container. Repotting your container will allow new growth and new foliage to emerge, providing a healthier environment for your flowers and other plants. When you repot, remove all of the spent flower buds from the plant as they will not grow back when you repot them. Leaving these on the plant will also attract bees and other insects to your container and will result in pests controlling your plants, although you can keep the pests away by keeping the container clean.
Once the flowers start to bloom, you can pull the plants out of their pots and cut the plants down to desired lengths. However, you should keep an eye on the plants to see if they are setting and overcrowding the pot, especially around the base. If you want to plant these plants in the ground, you should prune the plants about one inch each year to allow the extra space between the roots for expansion and a stronger root system. By taking care of your shrubs and bushes in your container garden, you will enjoy the flowers and healthy growth for many years.