Plant Flowerpots to Brighten Your Home’s Exterior

Plant Flowerpots to Brighten Your Home’s Exterior


Potted Spring Flowers

Want a quick way to brighten the exterior of your home?  Try planting flowerpots full of colorful flowers and foliage that last all season.

Flowerpots and baskets make seasonal planting a breeze—and are easy to clean up at the end of the season.  They’re also easy enough for a total beginner.

Spring is here, and now is the time to start planning your flowerpots and garden boxes.  Here’s how to get started.

Step #1 — Experiment with a variety of containers.

There are so many options for flower containers—and they range from very cheap, to very expensive.  You can buy plastic, wood, clay, ceramic, metal, or even tree bark.  Mix up a few different types for a staggered effect:

  • Hanging baskets
  • Pots
  • Wall sconces
  • Barrels
  • Bowls
  • Window baskets

Step #2 — Buy foolproof, long-lasting, colorful plants.

To get the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to plant flowers that can stand up to the Kansas City summer—and that bloom as long as possible.  Try these color wonders that stay colorful all season long, even into autumn:

  • Petunias
  • Impatiens
  • Marigolds
  • Sweet potato vine
  • Begonias
  • Coleus

Step #3 — Invest in high-quality potting soil.

It’s worth it to spend a few extra dollars on a large bag of good potting soil at your local garden store.  Get one that includes a wetting agent (to keep roots moist), fertilizer, or other high-quality ingredients—such as perlite, vermiculite, compost, or sphagnum peat moss.  Some now even have time-released food granules to nurture plants during hotter weather.

Step #4 — Make sure you have good drainage.

When the temperatures warm up, and you are ready to fill your flowerpots, be sure they have good drainage.  You’ll need a hole at the bottom to allow excess water to drain out—otherwise, your flowers will drown.  Add a plate underneath if you don’t want dirty water draining out onto your deck furniture.

Step #5 — Check the tags for watering and sun needs.

Not all flowers need to be watered daily, and not all want to be in full sun.  Some prefer to be dry, or to sit in the shade.  Check the tags that come with your new plant, and transfer those tags to the flowerpot so you’ll have a reminder later.  That way, you’ll make sure that every plant gets the amount of sun and water that they need.

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