Thursday, May 17, 2012

Adding Color to Any Area of Your Garden

We all have those problem areas in the garden where nothing will grow. Last year I shared how I added greenery and color to the side of my garage.

You can see that post here.
This year my challenge was a spot in my garden between trees that is impossible to grow anything in. Hard as a rock soil full of shallow roots. This year I decided it was going to be beautiful. My solution was lots of pots.


I gathered all sorts of unused pots and just filled the entire space. I included a very old beat up wagon.


I tucked some Swiss chard in there behind the flowers and have little pots of wheat grass planted for the chickens. That way when they visit this area they tend to leave my petunias alone.


I chose red petunias for all the pots so there would be a cohesive look to the eye.


It does require daily watering but I am out there every day filling the dogs water bowl and the hose is in this area so it gets a splash when I am doing the dog and chicken chores. The secret to pots that grow full and flower long is time release fertilizer mixed in with the soil when planting. I am an organic gardener for all my beds and veggies but for pots you cannot beat the time release granules.



16 comments:

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love the use of the pots for some color. LOVE the wagon. I have been gone, so how are the chickies doing???

iSavortheWeekend said...

I'm desperate, what brand are the time release granules. My garden needs help and lots of color. Thanks!

Tracy said...

I love adding color to the yard. Your garden is gorgeous!

Kerin said...

Looks beautiful.

I love the way that you've re-purposed the old wagon... darling!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Wow! This is really gorgeous! Loving the old wagon.

It's All Connected said...

I have a couple of shade areas that are boring. What you have done is making me think I can add colour with impatiens and painted pots. Thanks for the idea! ~ Maureen

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

The splash of color, especially the red, looks so pretty under the trees. I love pots, too. Hopefully this weekend I can get my replanted.

Annette T. said...

That's a great idea. I too would love to know what time release capsules you use.

Terri said...

If you're not near a water source or don't want to water daily, use plastic containers. Clay pots are my favorite, but they dry out quicker.

Cranberry Morning said...

I love the idea of plants in the wagon! I wonder if I have one of those around here. lol You'd be surprised how much one can accumulate in 22 years at one place. :-)

NanaDiana said...

It looks great-I think pots are a great solution when nothing else seems to grow in the soil! xo Diana

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

I love that you used that little wagon. Very cute area!

Susan said...

That looks so LOVELY! Oh, the perky red petunias just pop with color. Great job! Susan

GardenofDaisies said...

Your wagon adds such charm to this little potted garden! Love all the bright colors!

Sam I Am...... said...

What a great idea and it turned out gorgeous. I have spots under my trees in front that need something like that but not this year....I'm knee deep in other projects for this summer! When you own a home it is never-ending! You did such a nice job on it.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Beautiful. I have an area like this by the back porch that is pretty bare. Time to pretty it up!!

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