|Barrier row in front of pressure treated base board|
|Ivy on tuteur in terra cott|
I am a big fan of pots in the garden. But there is a reason for that love...containers are useful in so very many ways that they are something pretty much any gardener should have.
I do like the look of containers, from simple terra cotta like most of mine, to glazed ceramic, wooden, or repurposed objects.
So esthetics is one reason to add containers. In my central California climate I don't get snow cover to pretty things up in the winter. Many of my perennials die back or look somewhat scraggly around the beginning of the new year so a pretty pot placed in the open space can draw the eye and prevent the garden from being too embarrassing. Containers are also the perfect spot for a plant with a reputation for being a bully...many ivies or mints for example.
|Other end of row of fence pots|
I use a long line of pots against the fence in my side yard. It is paved in concrete, installed by owners over 30 years ago, and so nothing can grow there to soften the look. But the real reason I have that line of containers is that when we had the fence replaced 2 years ago the installer used a 2x12 horizontal board at the bottom made of pressure treated lumber. I did not want anyone to be able to come into contact with that so the pots make a nice barrier.
I grow eggplant and peppers in a collection of larger pots. In my ongoing fight against root knot nematodes they allow me to have a nice harvest from my small garden while leaving space for planting in ground to plants less affected by them.
I know gardeners in harsher climates have more constraints, needing pots that can stand up to extended freezing or even hotter temperatures than I have in the summer. But I have found that containers add a sense of richness to my garden and can highlight particular plants that would otherwise be lost. So I will continue to use them for many purposes...although I don't think I will ever need to buy any more!
|Eggplant with a side of basil|