While edible gardens aren’t exactly new per se, the methods we use have changed a lot over time. Now we’re seeing way more people growing edibles in containers instead of in a garden bed! It’s a great option if you don’t have lots of yard space, and you can even move the planters inside, outside, or onto the patio depending on weather conditions.
Some vegetables – like tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers – as well as many herbs like cilantro and basil, will thrive beautifully in containers because the heat gets locked into the confines of the container, keeping the soil at an optimal temperature. Containers have often been reserved for fancy colorful blooms and houseplants, but the beauty of edible container gardens is that you get all the aesthetics of a pretty planter, and all the function of a food garden combined into one.
These distinctive plants just seem to get more and more popular with each passing year, and with good reason. They’re so easy to care for, and they have a gorgeous sculptural look that complements any décor theme. They really thrive in containers, but you’ll want to make sure there are sufficient drainage holes because soggy soil is a death sentence for succulents. A layer of pebbles in the bottom of the container should improve drainage. As long as you keep your succulent container near a sunny window and only water them after the soil has completely dried, you’ll have a gorgeous low-maintenance plant display with tons of personality.
If you aren’t familiar with Pantone, they’re one of the leading color trend forecasting companies that provides a large database of specially curated shades for design companies across the world. Every year they choose a color of the year, and for 2019 they’ve named Living Coral as the top trendy shade.
This vivid, warm pinkish-orange shade pairs beautifully with reds, pinks, leafy greens, turquoise, and sunny golden tones. There are many annual blossoms that come in coral shades, like Coralina Superbells and Supertunia Daybreak Charm. Pop a few of those into a bright turquoise container with some green foliage and pink accent pieces, and you’ll have a stunning and vivid display that will liven up any yard.
New floral hybrids and color combos are developed every year, so we always look forward to the latest and greatest in the annual flower world. These new varieties may be common recognizable flowers, but the colors and individual features of each new type are sure to wow the crowd.
- “Tangerine Punch” Calibrachoa, Superbells: We love the contrasting electric orange petals and deep burgundy centers on these cute round blooms. They look kind of like petunias, and they really stand out when planted in a container. Best of all, they keep blooming strong up until mid-autumn, so you can enjoy these showstoppers for many months to come.
- “Vista Paradise” Supertunia Petunias: These blooms come by their name honestly, as their neon pink and coral petals will instantly transform your space into a tropical oasis retreat. For an instant happy-boost, add these lush blossoms into your next container arrangement.
- “Caramel Yellow” SuperCal Premium Petchoa: If neon tones aren’t really your thing, we definitely recommend these warm yellow flowers with their deep wine-tinted throats. They’re a sunny, cheerful color scheme that aren’t blindingly bright, so they’ll blend beautifully with a wide range of complementary colors.
Container gardening is a fabulous opportunity to play around with new color schemes and exotic varieties. What’s not to love about these ultra-versatile gardens? There’s so much to discover and explore when it comes to gardening, so this year, have fun and take some creative risks. You might just discover your new all-time favorite flower!