Well depends on whether the containers will see sun or will be mostly in the shade. My shade ones I have ferns (my protected pots by the front door – the ferns are still green and growing), Helleborus, columbine, violas, petunias, primrose, ivy. My sun ones range from hardy fuchsia, ivy, different grasses, Gerber daisies,and lantana. I also container my herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme are year round here so I keep them up on my deck for ready kitchen access), and my lettuce. We have a really nice climate for just about anything – some people even have hardy banana trees, we are thinking of doing bamboo in our backyard – in containers because it can get out of control here. There are lots of micro-climates depending on where you place the container too. Succulents do well here too – I have started those in containers and I have some out in my sun garden.
Have her watch ‘Gardening with Ciscoe’ on King5 and Komo6 (Saturday and Sunday or check website), he also has a live show call in show on NWCN. He and Meegan do show a lot of container gardens. His philosophy is once they outgrow the container they go in the ground.
Plants that are blooming right now are Helleborus, viola (pansy), primroses are starting to bud out, but I notice them at the store yesterday already in bloom. I have bulbs emerging in my gardens and we got more snow last night (sorry guys but I am really over the snow thing – we don’t have the equipment to deal with it here).
I don't do seeds that often - I usually pick up the starters at the nurseries - and we have those in abundance here.
Hope this helps.
Edited by: REDBUBBLES at: 1/25/2009 (14:35)
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