Container gardening can bring outdoor spaces to life. They can bring life to decks, patios, front porches and borders. I enjoy seeking out plants on clearance or plants on the brink of death and nursing them back to health. The best way to save money is to start seedlings and plant them in containers in the spring.
The best bargains can be found at Lowes, Home Depot and Wal-mart clearance stands. Creeping Jenny, a Spike and French Marigolds fill the container below. I companion plant marigolds with my tomatoes and peppers in my vegetable garden every year. I purchased a few extra pots of marigolds on clearance and decided to incorporate them into the containers on my deck. Spikes are my most expensive plant during the summer. Unfortunately, I have never seen them on sale or on clearance.
The Creeping Jenny is an invasive plant. Planting it in containers is a great way to control it. When I planted the Creeping Jenny, I wasn’t expecting it to return year after year. This is the third year that it has returned in this pot. The contrasting color of the Creeping Jenny, and it’s ability to hang over the pot’s edge makes the pot come to life. You can see a few purple Petunias hanging over the edge on the right side.
I carried on the French Marigold and Spike theme on the other side of the deck. Since I only planted the Creeping Jenny in the one pot, I planted a Sweet Potato Vine in this one. Planting the Sweet Potato Vine on the side of the pot allows it to cascade down to the floor of the deck. I’ll be planting this trailing vine again next year. Sweet Potato vines can be pricey, so I’m going to try growing my own from an actual sweet potato next season. Stay tuned for that post.
Moss Rose fills this pot along with a Spike, which give the plant some height. This plant is easy to grow, and can take hot, sunny spaces. This plant returns year after year and produces beautiful flowers in a variety of colors. White, pink, yellow, and red flowers brighten this spot.
Finally, my window boxes that I use on my deck railing. Petunias find a spot on my deck each year. Purple, red and white are the usual colors. Occasionally, I add in pink. I add Vinca to the boxes to create a trailing effect. Normally, I plant 4 Vinca per pot. This year I decided to all more Petunias instead. I found the Petunias on clearance, and cut the cost of filling my window boxes in half without the additional 3 Vinca plants.
I love mixing various plants in containers and watching them come to life. Head out to your local flea market, yard sale or clearance isle and grab a few pots for next year. When the weather breaks next spring, hit the clearance isle on your local garden center and start creating you garden containers.