NOW:53146:USA01489
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01489
25°
H 25° L 25°
Cloudy | 7MPH

Grow Your Own Backyard Paradise in a Pot

June 8, 2014

Create a backyard escape with the help of container gardens. Whether you’re looking for a visit to the desert, an English garden or tropical paradise, a few planters can help create the mood.

Reduce your workload and increase your enjoyment with a bit of planning and proper planting.

Select a container with drainage holes and one that mimics the color and feel of the location you are trying to recreate. Use troughs, stone or other containers made from neutral colors when growing succulents. The container should complement, but not overpower the simple beauty of the desert plants.

Keep things warm and natural when going for a more tropical feel. Wicker, bamboo and other natural materials work well with the lush foliage and vibrant colors of tropical plants.
Add a few terra cotta, metal and basket type containers when creating an English cottage setting. Set them on your patio, steps or in the garden to create a focal point.

Keep your plants looking good throughout the season with the proper planting mix. Look for potting mixes with good drainage and water holding abilities, like Schultz Potting Soil Plus (schultz.com). Check the label as some mixes contain enough fertilizer to last the entire season and water-retaining crystals to reduce the need to water.

Use a cactus mix that provides the perfect growing conditions for cacti and succulents. The potting mix should retain the moisture and nutrients the plants need, while providing the excellent drainage that is a must for these plants.

Plant any orchids added to your backyard tropical paradise in a potting mix designed for these plants. Use an orchid mix that has excellent drainage and aeration, yet retains the moisture and nutrients these beauties need to thrive.

Check your planters daily and water thoroughly whenever the top few inches of soil are crumbly and slightly moist. Allow cacti and succulents to go a bit drier.

Mulch the soil in tropical, herb, vegetable and annual container gardens. Spread a thin layer of shredded leaves, evergreen needles or twice shredded bark over the soil surface. Use fine pebbles for cacti and succulents that like things hot and dry.

And don’t forget about garden accents. A wattle fence and arbor of twigs and branches work well for an English garden setting, while a water feature can enhance a tropical paradise themed garden, and some southwest garden art can complete the desert scene you’re going for.

So start your vacation this year with a trip to the garden center. Invest in a few containers, the right potting mix and plants. Then plant your way to the retreat of your dreams.

For more gardening tips and videos visit www.melindamyers.com.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night 12/18

» Site of former Kmart in Waukesha on Sunset Drive will be redeveloped 12/17

» Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 18, 2014 issue 12/16

» Fire damages American Auto Body in Waukesha 12/15

» Waukesha STEM students win Young Inventors Challenge at Chicago Toy & Game Fair 12/12

» Carroll University student injured in armed robbery near campus 12/11

» West Allis man sentenced for voting twice in 2012 presidential election 12/10

» Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker will not seek Waukesha County's top leadership post 12/10

» Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 11, 2014 issue 12/9

» Train hits, kills pedestrian overnight in Oconomowoc 12/8

» United Way agencies in Milwaukee, Waukesha announce merger Updated:  12/4

» Waukesha Police Report: Dec. 4, 2014 issue 12/3

» Jennifer Andrews is lone finalist for Waukesha's community development director position 12/1

» Sponsor a family through Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County 11/28

» Waukesha Police Report: Nov. 27, 2014 issue 11/26

» Rep. Bill Kramer sentenced to 5 months in jail for groping incident Updated:  11/25

» Waukesha adjusts timeline for Great Lakes water, won't meet radium-compliance deadline 11/25

» Late turnovers lead Menasha past Waukesha West in Division 2 state championship 11/21

» Waukesha holiday tree-lighting ceremony salutes military on Friday 11/21

» Waukesha West takes on Menasha in Division 2 state final 11/21

» Fast start propels Catholic Memorial past Menomonee Falls in girls basketball opener 11/20

» Waukesha concedes it can't meet deadline for radium-free water 11/19

» Waukesha Police Report: Nov. 20, 2014 issue 11/19

» Girl charged in Slender Man case to get another competency hearing Updated:  11/18

» Burlington's city administrator Kevin Lahner selected to same position in Waukesha 11/14

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT    

What's Happening NOW

WaukeshaNOW.com and the Waukesha & Pewaukee Visitors Bureau are teaming up to provide you with an online calendar of community events and attractions. E-mail us to learn how to submit an event.