Container gardening has become quite rage – with good reason. Pots provide lots of options.
Sure, I like natives, but tropical Hibiscus is just so darn pretty.
Flame of the woods, jungle flame, or Ixora (Ixora coccinia), a delicate looking tropical flower, has proven to be quite hardly as long as it gets taken inside for the winter. All of these tropical plants love summer heat, which we have in abundance.
Some plants that need winter protection can be tricky to carry inside, like this prickly Elkhorn (Euphorbia Lactea Forma Cristate). But trimming keeps them manageable to handle and creates passalong plants to share.
Another plus for containers is how versatile they are in the yard. Move them around as needed for color in certain spots. I’ve had this pot of Kalanchoe for more than 20 years. As it grows, I just break off branches and root them.
I also use flowerpots for annuals that I don’t want to plant in the ground. Petunias will live just as long in pots, if they’re watered enough. They, too, can be placed around the yard for color and variety.
I’m getting antsy for spring, although it’s a month or so before any yard work can be done. It will be even longer before pots can be taken outside. But I’m still on a countdown for glorious spring.
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