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My Container Garden Project(s)

Gardening is one of my passions, but when you live in a light deprived townhouse (like I do), gardening can become challenging.  Initially, I had several tiny planters crammed into the only corner of the house that gets natural light, but then it got a bit over crowded and I had rethink my gardening strategy. I have a small patio that needed attention. It was neglected because of the racoons and cats that hang out in my neighborhood and they seem to love my back patio. But, I decided to reclaim my out door living space. I will tell you more about how I handled the critter situation my next post. Some container gardens will be be the perfect solution to my over whelmed in door garden situation. I started my getting some Brightly colored inexpensive planters from Walmart. Next I collected the my thrillers, spillers and fillers. A thriller is a centerpiece plant.  It is typically  something big, bold, and beautiful. Fillers are foliage or flowering plants that will complement but not overwhelm the main plant. And a spiller is a plant that just tumbles out and over the side of the pot.  Personally, I think all my plants are thrillers. [caption id="attachment_1133" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="The perfect spiller plant"][/caption] Here are my efforts so far. The image below shows my first and least favorite attempt. I think the Thriller - the mother in law's tongue is too dominant. Hopefully when the other plants mature, things will look a bit more balanced - or not - let's see what nature has in store . [caption id="attachment_1123" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="My Yellow Container Garden"][/caption] According to the container garden rules - you should place similar plants in each container - they should have the same water requirements. I am not one to follow the rules... [caption id="attachment_1122" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Green Container Garden"][/caption] I wonder what this will look kike in 3 months. I can hardly wait. [caption id="attachment_1124" align="aligncenter" width="401" caption="Bird's eve view"][/caption] The image below may be my favorite so far. They are all drought tolerant plants, so it should be easy to take care of. [caption id="attachment_1129" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Red Container Garden"][/caption] I love the green variegated succulent - I hope it does not fall victim to my brown thumb. [caption id="attachment_1127" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Birds eye view"][/caption]

In case you were wondering, yes, that is my Christmas tree stand serving as a plant stand in the image above.

What do you think of my efforts so far? xoxo Al

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