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Flower Pots with Flair

June, 2020

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Flower pots add beauty to any home exterior. They are also easy to maintain. Anita Kuhlmann, one of the owners of Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse Garden Market, recommends using a good quality, all-purpose potting soil mix, along with a water-soluble fertilizer as often as once a week. 

Kuhlmann also says that it is better to use larger containers rather than ones that are too small. “Especially in the hot sun, smaller containers dry out quickly, plants get root-bound in the summer, and it’s harder to water them well,” she explains. 

This is especially important for hanging baskets, where there is both wind and sun to consider, as well as placement around the edge of the house so rain is not hitting them.

Finding the right plants to add that super splash of colour is also easy. Kuhlmann recommends the following popular annuals:

Geraniums are good for the sun and have big, showy flowers that are visible from far away. 

Trailing Petunias flow over the edge of the pot, so they work well in a combination planter. They are easy to maintain and also good for sunny areas.

Begonias are better for shade, as they don’t like hot sun from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. They flower all summer long and in bright, vibrant colours like orange, yellow, and red, with dark green leaves

Coleus is a great choice for people who don’t want flowers, and are making containers 
of foliage instead. Coleus has brightly coloured leaves, and does well in both sun and shade.

Pansies, with their cute, happy faces, can be put out early, and still look beautiful in the fall. The flowers don’t mind cooler weather, and can be in the full sun as long as they are away from the house–they don’t like the heat that can collect along the house.

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