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Potted plants

Potted plants can be a great feature for any size yard and can really transform a small space into a functional and good looking garden.

You can give your garden an asymmetrical flavour by creating many levels of plants.  This will give your garden more depth and create a larger feel within a small space.  To do this, select different size pots and place them around a relaxation area of your choice from smallest pot size at the inner edge to larger pot size on the outer perimeter.

Be sure to use your pot size appropriately by matching plants with root depth requirements to the pot that best suits its needs.  Also keep in mind the expected height of the plant.  Try and avoid pots on the outer border being lost from view as a result of fast growing foliage from pots closest to your open space.

Pots give you the opportunity to incorporate many aspects of a garden including herbs, vegetables, fruit and trees and everything in between.   Check with your local nursery on plant root requirements and “pot” away.  Some ideas include:

  • Planting vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers in large pots.
  • Growing smaller vegetables such as lettuce or herbs in smaller containers to control your harvest volume.
  • Try companion planting to save even more space.  Several varieties in one pot can provide many benefits.
  • Incorporate aromatic plants to really create a garden your neighbours will envy.
  • Use dwarf fruit trees on the outskirts to provide a colourful border to your garden.
  • Try using one large pot in the centre of your open space to create a special pot feature or add a complementary piece of art in this centre position.
  • Using pots that are glazed, plastic or painted are less porous and therefore use less water.
  • Ensure there are sufficient holes at the bottom of every pot for drainage.
  • Re-pot as required when plants or roots appear to be outgrowing the container.
  • Check with your nursery for information on the right food to feed your variety of plants to ensure plants continue to receive the nutrients they need to carry on thriving.
  • Speak to your local nursery for a suitable watering method such as a dripper system as pots tend to dry out quickly in the warmer weather.

The best thing about potted gardens is the ability to take your creation with you when you move house.  You may not spend long in any one location but your potted garden can continue to last over manyears by transporting them with the rest of your home treasures.



  1. Posted 21st December, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink
    Hopeful gardener
    Hopeful gardener says:

    This article has really given me inspiration for a small area in my backyard that I just haven’t known what to do with. I am sure these ideas will create a whole new feel to my outdoor space.

  2. Posted 21st December, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink
    My own garden patch
    My own garden patch says:

    Portable gardens are a great idea. I am a renter and never thought about doing anything with the rental property garden before as I thought it would be wasted money if I moved on. Now I will just take it with me.

  3. Posted 30th December, 2011 at 9:00 am | Permalink
    Tania says:

    I would love to hear of any one who has dwarf fruit trees. I think they look great but am not sure if they’re difficult to establish?

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