It is finally that time of not-quite-spring when — despite the gloomy forecasts and the dreary monotones that still surround us — we dare start to make plans for this season’s gardens, this being a much greater chore for most of you than it is for me on my wee balcony.
However, though it is a small space, I think the planning is still challenging. I’ve determined that I can’t possibly have everything; therefore, making the best use of every little nook and hook becomes paramount.
(Drawing from Better Homes & Gardens, Container Plans)
I really like this half barrel planting, and it or something similar, would fit nicely into the largest empty corner on the balcony. I have an old, galvanized tub that would serve well as a container for this…painted or left as is.
Because I love colour, I thought a Plume Celosia would do well in the center (or back, however one decided to arrange the plants). I’ve never grown them in a container before, but I do love their variety of colours and they would be an appropriate height.
Finally, something that would tumble over the edge of the planter and provide a contrasting colour — such as this Bacopa (Blutopia). I’ve overused lobelia and allysum over the years, though they are lovely, but something like this would make a nice change. Or perhaps a miniature cascading petunia in a raspberry colour.
A little more research is required, of course, but that’s half the fun. While we’re on the topic of research, would you look at these tomatoes and potatoes I found, new for 2009 on Better Homes & Gardens site? They’re gorgeous!
Check out this link on the BH&G site for more information — they usually have a supplier in the description. LOVE those tomatoes, if they taste as good as they look.