Bulbs grown in containers are especially effective, since the colour is concentrated in a small space. It's even more attractive if the bulbs are combined with colourful bedding display plants to completely cover the planting space.
For maximum summer colour in your garden it's a great idea to grow plants in containers. These can be moved from place to place around the garden as you need them, decorating the front door one day, the patio the next and around the pool later on.
If your garden is small, you can always grow a selection of vegetables in containers. It's important to select suitable containers - they need not be ornamental, unless the patio is closely observed from the house, but they do need to be practical. They need to have a broad base to offer stability and good drainage holes to ensure that any excess water can be removed. If there are no drainage holes, or perhaps an inadequate number, these should be punched in the base of the container.
It can be so much nicer to receive a gift that shows thought and effort by the giver, rather than something that is simply gift-wrapped on payment in a shop. Growing plants in containers is the perfect gift for gardening friends, for those in apartments or with a garden terrace, or, in the case of herbs, for those who like to cook. Such planted containers need not be expensive and can be designed to individual taste. If this idea appeals, now is the time to start, since you will want to give the gift well grown and preferably in flower.
Hanging baskets offer a colourful and rewarding addition to your garden. There are several aspects to be considered in cultivating hanging baskets, from the choice of the basket through to the choice of seedlings to grow.