Almost all kinds of plants can be planted into garden pots. You do not have to be curtailed by a lack of space to have trees and shrubs in your garden. However there are some plants that are particularly suited for container gardening. For a plant to do well, its growing requirements need to be met adequately when considering container gardening. You need to research the following before making your choices:
Amongst trees that can successfully be grown in garden pots, palm trees are by far the most popular, followed closely by the Japanese trees which also lend itself to bonsai treatment very successfully. Following are the recommended trees that will make suitable container gardening:
Fruit trees, especially dwarf fruit trees make excellent pot plants that are not just a feast for the eye, but also for the mouth. Following are some of the best options that can be considered for container gardening:
Brunfelsia, nandina, camellias, conifers, cordyline, azaleas, fucsias, Gardenias, cypress, rosemary, Hibiscus, hydrangea, flax and lavender are all great pot plants. Further examples are:
Climbers like honeysuckle, bougainvillea, jasmine, mandevilla, stephanotis and dipladenia also do well in garden pots. The added advantage of using climbers in container gardening is that they are more controllable when planted in garden pots. Further examples of climbers you can use in container gardening are:
Most bedding plants do great in garden pots when planted as companions to trees and tall-growing shrubs. Small varieties of Begonia semperflorens, petunias, phlox, pansies, impatiens and marigolds can be used for this purpose.
Some ground covers with their cascading type of flowering will also act as living mulch in garden pots to taller plants. More examples are:
Flower bulbs do well in garden pots in the season that they bloom. You can afterwards replace these with annual seedlings to ensure a constant show of color every season in your container garden. Other flower bulbs suitable for container gardening includes:
Using succulents as pot plants are excellent in that it will tolerate a little drought and will not need watering as regularly as other plant types. In desert type climatic conditions these succulents will withstand the elements longer than other plant types.
You can maintain a container garden of roses. Roses do not have very extensive root systems, but do establish themselves quick enough. Good drainage is the key. Roses grown in garden pots need more care and attention than those growing in open garden soil.