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Garden Enhancements

Landscape Enhancements make the difference between a nice lawn and an exceptional lawn. If you want

your lawn to be the envy of all your neighbors, you should consider investing in some or all of our Landscape

Enhancement services. No job is too small for our Landscape enhancement crew. We can provide you with

that professional touch by paying attention to detail.

 

Flower pots add variety to your landscape by creating interesting, eye-catching focus. Pots come in all

shapes and sizes as well as a range of colors to complement your outdoor décor. These accent pieces also

come in a variety of materials including cement, clay and plastic. It's possible to create your very own

container gardens with a small amount of elbow grease. Let's look at some ideas for planting flower pots.

 

Flowering Plants Growers traditionally create beautiful arrangements in flower pots for purchase at

nurseries. These pots can contain multiple types of bedding plants that provide a riot of colors to enhance

your patio or deck. When choosing flowering plants, select types that tolerate small spaces well and always choose appropriate shade or sunlight

plants based on potential location. Common shade annuals include Coleus, Impatiens, Caladiums and Begonias. Impatiens are particularly hardy in

shade gardens and provide a range of colors from pale pink to vibrant magenta. Hardy flowering Vinca can handle lots of heat and sun. New Guinea

Impatiens prefer partial sun and offer a dramatic variegated leaf that adds great visual appeal to a flower pot. Check with your local nursery to find out

which plants work best for your area.

 

Perennials If you're looking for low-maintenance plantings, consider using perennials in your flower pots.

Planting perennials allows you the freedom of having blooming plants year after year, unlike most annuals

that die off each winter. Some perennials such as day lilies, bleeding hearts and Sweet William grow

extremely well in containers. Perennials should only be planted in larger flower pots since the root system

tends to be larger than annuals.Make sure to fertilize these plants to keep the plant strong and healthy for

many years. Split larger plants when crowding becomes an issue within the pot.

 

Height, Color and Texture Designing a flower pot filled with beautiful plants begins with choosing a focal

point for the container. Ornamental grass or a bright-blooming annual placed in the center or back of the pot

draws attention to the pot. Spikes are simple green stalks that function well in the center of a plant pot with

blooms planted all around.

 

Vary the height of the plants within the pot. A tall spike in the center framed by flowering Impatiens creates

a simple container with height and color. Certain varieties of Snapdragons can grow very tall and provide a colorful blooming addition to a flower pot.

Color scheme is entirely your own choice but don't pigeonhole your choices by trying to match the pot. Contrast works beautifully with flowers,

especially within a confined container.

 

Texture refers to those plants that have interesting leaves. The best example refers to Coleus, a shade-loving annual with variegated leaves ranging from

magenta to pale green. Textured plants add visual appeal to the planter without having a blooming flower. Also consider purchasing plants such as vines

or ivy to drape over the sides of the flower pot. Potting, Drainage and Watering Every flower pot should have adequate drainage holes punched into the

bottom of the pot. Some types of pots come with pre-drilled holes that require punching out the drainage tab. Without proper drainage, keeping

the moisture balance in a flower pot is difficult. For flower pots without drainage holes, use a hammer and screwdriver to punch a few holes into

the bottom of the pot.

 

Consider lining the bottom of the flower pot with a layer of gravel to encourage drainage. Gravel can also be used in cases where punching a hole into

the bottom of the pot just won't work. Add an inch layer of gravel for smaller pots and about 2 inches for larger containers. Always use a potting soil

specially designed for container plants. Potted plant soils contain fertilizers to help pot-bound plants thrive in confined spaces.

 

Unlike flower gardens, pots require more frequent watering. Everything your plants need to survive resides within the pot, including the water source.

Make sure to water the flower pot frequently, allowing the soil to dry out just slightly. During the hottest summer days, don't be surprised if you need to

water the flower pot every day.

 

We offer many container garden enhancements:

Color Bowls - small round pots placed on tables that will brighten up any sitting area. Enjoying beautiful colors while

talking with friends and family.

 

Combination Baskets and Railing Baskets/Boxes - hanging/ combination baskets that hold mounding and cascading

flowering annuals on porches and decks. Railing baskets that can be place along any porch railing.

 

Container Gardens - containers which are filled with bulbs, annuals, perennial grasses, or herbs, and which accent large

outdoor living areas, around pools, grills, stone patios, or decks.

 

Urns - can be placed as accents to front doors, entrances to driveways, and centerpieces in natural areas or perennials

gardens.

 

Flower beds - beds can provide colorful drifts along driveways, natural areas, or as a finishing touch surrounding patios

and decks with beautiful colors. Flowerbeds are great addition to sitting areas and around water features.

 

Floriculture Enhancement - methods can add some color and flavor to your outside gardens. To learn more about which

options may be best for your needs, contact Pro-Lawn Landscaping via phone or free estimate submission form.