There’s a lot of buzz about growing plants, vegetables and herbs in small spaces such as patios, balconies, even rooftop gardens. New types of containers are creating the excitement.
Have you tried grow bags, which are portable fabric planters? A novice gardener asked for advice from The Oregonian’s Pacific Northwest Gardening Facebook group about what to plant in the lightweight, environmentally friendly bags. The answer: Vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and so much more.
Amazon sells Jeria’s seven-gallon grow bags made of non-woven, breathable fabric that drains water. Sturdy handles make it easy to move the bags, which cost $22.99 for a 12-pack. (See other sizes and prices)
Vivosun’s heavy duty five-gallon grow bags, made of 300G thickened non-woven plant fabric, have about 26,000 reviews on Amazon. A five-pack is $16.99
Now that we’re in prime planting season, you might be eyeing new spots to nourish a plant or two.
Here are different types of containers that caught our attention:
The Pacific Northwest Gardening Facebook group also had a post about linking seven-gallon sprinkler pots, each with a water sprayer and a pressure reducer, attached to a garden hose. The Hillsboro-based Daisy Rain Garden Systems designed the pots and plans to make sprinkler saucers to irrigate exiting containers.
A galvanized steel window box, in white or blue, by Sol 72 Outdoor is on sale at $39.99 at Wayfair.
Bloomscape will deliver indoor and outdoor container plants to your door along with tips to keep them healthy. See a variety of containers such as a 13-inch Ecopots hanging pot in stone, clay and charcoal color and 22-inch by 7-inch rectangular wall hanging pot (each $60).
Stylish indoor pots
A 32.5-inch-tall Charters Towers’ multitiered plant stand is made of stainless steel and fir for an industrial look ($108.99, a 42% savings).
The resin Lennon flower tower has an internal watering tube and graduated sized holes at varying heights to create a vertical garden ($37.99).
Raised gardening beds
The Elevated Blossom, which is 38 inches wide and 33 inches high, is made of low-maintenance wood plastic composite boards ($172.49).
See more raised gardening beds for sale at Home Depot.
>See more containers on sale
Here are containers in classic, traditional and modern styles:
- Cost Plus World Market has planters to go with outdoor furniture in styles such as coast casual, riviera beach, Marrakech modern, Napa Valley chic, Pacific Coast picnic, Ojai ranch, Montauk summer, Savannah siesta, Sedona sunset and natural elegance.
- Home Depot has a wide range of plant containers from a rustic walnut look to sleek ceramic.
- Houzz has a gallery of photos of container plants dressing up home entrances. See pots for sale, from whimsical to weathered-looking.
- Frontgate has lavender, aloe and other plants in containers, even a privacy-creating boxwood hedge, from four- to seven feet long.
- Joss & Main has compact, attractive plant stands that are perfect for small spaces. A red metal bike (on sale at $200) holds plants in its baskets and seat.
- Lowe’s has an assortment of indoor-outdoor plant pots.
- Serena + Lily offers free design advice for outfitting a patio or terrace with upscale outdoor sofas, sectionals, dining chairs, coffee and side tables plus pillows and rugs.
- 2 Modern has modern outdoor furniture and contemporary planters on sale.
- Walmart has outdoor planters and pots, including self-watering ones starting at $12.14.
- Sunny spot: Plant long-blooming annual flowers and tropicals, or try a pot of herbs mixed with marigolds, striped-leaf cannas, or a combination of verbenas, nasturtiums, zinnias and lantanas.
- Shade from walls or trees: Plant hostas, caladiums, impatiens or small hydrangeas.
- A container with a trellis can support flowering vines.
- Bring in fragrance with roses and plant milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), salvias, lantanas, and butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) to attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds
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— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072