Mitch BakerMitch Baker is the Horticultural Specialist at the American Plant Food Co. Garden Center and Nursery, in Bethesda, MD, focusing on natural gardening products and organic gardening. Mitch is a MD Certified Professional Horticulturist, with 31 years of experience in the garden center industry. He has studied at numerous horticultural institutions from New York to Oregon, and also serves on the board of the Rachel Carson Council.
Hi. I am Mitch Baker with American Plant Food and we are going to talk about the selection of plants for your container garden. Couple of things to consider, do you want plants that are going to stay in those containers year around? If so, thats going to be one choice of plants. I have a grouping of needled evergreens here. Needled evergreens make a better choice for container growth year around because they are more winter-hardy than some broadleaf evergreens.
So, broadleaf evergreens may suffer more during the winter, so, Id recommend needled evergreens and that could be a grouping of different types of needled evergreens that would bring some color and some texture, some different heights, something that might cascade down over the side of the container, something that would be upright, something thats sort of intermediate, so that you get those different elements going in the container. The other choice would be to plant things that are seasonal that you would just enjoy for the warm weather months and then not worry about them during the cold weather months. So, we also have a selection of those things that are seasonal, annual plants that will flower throughout the warm weather months, but also have some colorful foliage or texture, again with those elements, upright, intermediate and cascading. You want to think of a container garden just the way you would think of the rest of your garden. You want the diversity of plant material, a difference in textures and heights and growth habits and you can achieve all of that within a container. Its a small garden in a pot, just like the larger garden.