ENJOYING MOTHER NATURE
Just because your outdoor space may be limited to a small yard or in the case of apartment living, a balcony, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy all that nature has to offer albeit on a smaller scale. Transform whatever area is available to you with the addition of garden containers brimful with seasonal bloom. Even the most novice gardener can successfully add cheerful colour at very little cost and create a big impact.
(9 Joyce Hall, Carrickmines Wood, Brennanstown Road, Carrickmines, Dublin 18, click the image for further details)
Garden centres are full of every shape and size container to help you on your way with potting compost to nourish your plants. However if you want to make your display a little more visually interesting try your hand at recycling. You’ll be surprised at what you can use, old pots, biscuit tins, wicker baskets or old hamper baskets all provide the perfect base for your creation. Just make sure that the base has a drainage element, if not just drill a couple of holes to allow surplus water to escape.
(5 Sharavogue, Glenageary, Co. Dublin, click the image for further details)
BUILDING THE PICTURE
Think what you want your finished container to look like, if a cottage garden style is your choice, opt for bedding plants that will trail out over the edges of the pot creating a chaotic and abundant explosion of colour. If neat and tidy is the preferred option, select accordingly and read the label carefully to ensure those tender shoots won’t grow out of control!
(31 New Park Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, click the image for further details)
When we think of containers we tend to limit their positioning to ground level as individual areas of interest or in groupings. In a small area you will soon run out of space so consider your walls as display options with hanging baskets and cones, Mediterranean planters, planting racks and living walls. Put up a trellis and this will serve as a mount for smaller displays.
(30 Lennox Street, Portobello, Dublin 8, click the image for further details)
DRESSED FOR THE OCASSION
A huge advantage of container gardening is the flexibility you have to change things around to create different looks. Also if particular plants need that extra bit of care and attention you can both take them in and put them out of the sun. Equally you can bring the outside indoors if your table needs some seasonal cheer when entertaining.
(35 Orlagh Wood, Orlagh Grove, Knocklyon, Dublin 16, click the image for further details)
For the cooking enthusiast why limit your display to floral arrangements? Dedicate a container to growing your own herbs. Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme and Sage all thrive regardless of the size of their surrounds and what nicer than to go to your own little herb patch when whipping up a bite to eat? Once you keep them trimmed back you’ll have a regular healthy supply at your fingertips!
(Tudor Lodge, Violet Hill, Killiney, Co. Dublin, click the image for further details)