5 Tips for Container Gardening

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Container gardening is perfect for those who have small spaces or for gardeners that want to experiment with texture and colors. If you want to jump into this type of gardening, we have some great tips to get you started!

  1. Evergreen shrubs are perfect for anchoring a container planting and allow for flower changes to provide for seasonal interest.  Choose a shrub that is naturally small growing, and it can last in a container for several years without overgrowing.  Choose formal topiaries or dwarf conifers depending on the setting and personal taste.  Other evergreens to try could include Thymes, Rosemary, Lavender,  various ferns, Lenten Rose and various Carex.
  2. Containers provide opportunity for a dash of color and interest in areas without planting beds such as patios, around pools, entrances, or beside benches
  3. Choosing a type of vessel for your container garden is mostly up to you! There are options for various metal containers for a modern and sleek look, glazed containers for the rustic look, as well as a variety of concrete and terracotta planters.     
  4. In a commercial landscape setting, colorful containers can soften the architectural features and pavement and provide a welcoming atmosphere to customers and employees alike.
  5. Throughout the summer and fall, thoughtful pruning of the plants in your container gardens will maintain artistic balance between the colors and textures of the plants. 

Do not forget to choose plants depending on the situation such as sun or shade and size of container, and always keep watered!

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Importance of Native Plants and Bees

Increasing the support, along with the message, of the importance of pollinators is why Pollinator Week was created 12 years go; and is now celebrated worldwide each June.
“I have been frustrated every year with graphic images that get circulated showing ‘flowers to support bees’ but which contain 80% non-native plants and largely reference benefits to honey bees (which are great but they are not native to the US),” said Ellen Honeycutt, Atlanta gardener and blogger. “I have told myself for years that someone needs to create one for native bees. This year, I finally did it (with the help of my very talented husband, of course). Since this blog is Georgia-focused, the graphic that we created focuses on Southeastern native plants (I hope this inspires other regional lists).”

Native plants for native bees:

  • False foxglove
  • Partridge pea
  • Fleabane
  • Milkweed
  • Baptisia
  • Thistle
  • Coneflower
  • Boneset
  • Joe pye weed
  • Sunflower
  • (see info-graphic for a full list of plants)
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Native Georgia bees have unique relationships with our native plants rather than non-native. Also, according to Honeycutt, native plants also are important for herbivore insects like butterflies and moths.
“We always try to educate our customers on the importance of including native plants in their gardens and foregoing the use of any insecticides that would harm local insect populations, including bees!” said Fockele Garden Company owner Julie Evans.

Pollinator Week is June 17-23, 2019 and addresses the issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.
For more information on Pollinator Week, www.pollinator.org