When thinking of container patio, deck, front entry, or balcony gardening gardening most gardeners think first of using annuals that are available just about anywhere in the spring. Perennials are often overlooked but a much better value. They will return and bloom for years to come instead of having to be replanted annually if grown in their appropriate hardy zone. There's not much better than easily movable containers, placed where you want them, with plants that grow larger and more beautiful each year. Very easy to grow and low maintenance.
About this Variety
This picture perfect collection combines three perennial plants: Bleeding Heart, Astilbe and Hosta. This collection will do nicely in partial shade to full shade.
- Choose your own container
- Easy to grow
- Low maintenance
- Carefully selected varieties ensure optimum performance
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Grows 12-30" tall
Plant 1.5-2" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 4-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Nearly any type of container will do, with each type having its obvious advantages and disadvantages. Just make sure that it has proper drainage and some air circulation for the roots. Without it the roots may rot. Container height should be about a third of the height of the plants. Keep in mind that most plants do not reach their full size potential in pots. Most any commercial soil mix will work. Some come with slow release fertilizer mixed in, while you can also add your own at planting time. Container placement depends on the plants you are growing considering sun and or shade exposure requirements. Grow plants that are hardy in your zone as plants grown in pots are more prone to winter damage than plants planted in the ground. During freezing temperatures you may need to protect the pot depending on your zone. Placing them in a shed or garage may do. Repot the plants into larger containers as the plants outgrow its pot size in the years to come, or transfer them to the garden.
Water regularly, never letting the soil completely dry out, saturating when watering. Best to water directly to the soil.