Wherever you need a pick-me-up of aromatherapy, place a container of Thymus pseudolanuginosus . The soft, fuzzy leaves are so touchable and release a savory burst of thyme scent with every pinch. The slow-growing plants only reach three inches in height and creep slowly to form a dense, wooly mat in a full sun container (and may even flower).
Water wooly thyme sparingly, when the soil's surface is dry to the touch. Venus flytrap plants are sometimes billed as a novelty plant for kids, but with a little care, they make the perfect small houseplants. The leaves of Dionaea muscipula , with their teeth-like raspy edges, are equipped with trigger hairs that, when touched twice, snap shut on prey insects like those pesky fruit flies you've been trying to get rid of. These quirky plants have some equally quirky growing requirements: They do well in a peat moss growing medium, and being sensitive to minerals, need distilled water. Add bright light and cool winter temperatures to ensure a long life for your Venus flytrap. African violets ( Saintpaulia ) were the "it" plant for your grandparents, but they are enjoying a resurgence, spurred perhaps by fun and funky new varieties with ruffled or picotee blooms and variegated foliage. One thing that hasn't changed is the compact size of African violets, and their free-flowering nature. Keep your African violets moist and pot-bound, give them bright light, and feed them with a balanced flower fertilizer to keep them performing all year.
The Oxalis genus contains several hundred clover species, some of which are weeds, and some of which are highly ornamental. The burgundy or red cultivars, which may produce yellow or white flowers, often appear in garden stores around St. Plants grow six inches tall and eight inches wide in containers, which you should keep on the dry side. Small container gardens are becoming more popular now that a lot of people are choosing to live in smaller homes and apartments. One of the things that really bummed me out when I first started living in my first apartment was having to give up my large backyard garden. However, I eventually learned that many plants can successfully grow in small containers and my balcony soon flourished with greenery. If you’re looking to make your own small container garden, it’s good to know which plants are the easiest to grow with limited space. Fortunately a lot of varieties, including fruits, vegetables, and flowers will thrive even in small containers such as pots and baskets. A lot of people enjoy growing their own fruits and vegetables. Luckily for apartment dwellers and tiny home owners, tomatoes can easily be grown in any size container depending on which variety you prefer. For example, if you enjoy munching on cherry tomatoes, you can grow them in just about any size pot or basket, but if you like beefsteak tomatoes, make sure to get a sturdier container to accommodate its larger size. No matter what tomato variety you grow, make sure to add a cage to the outside of the container to give it extra support. Pretty much every herb can be grown in a small container garden. Basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, and even chives can all thrive in individual pots, or one larger pot together. You can grow them either outdoors, or indoors all year round, but if you decide to grow them inside just make sure to put them in a window where they will get plenty of sun. Strawberries are one of the best and easiest plants to grow in a container. In fact, they even do exceptionally well indoors, so you can enjoy fresh strawberries all year long. Just make sure when growing these fruits that they get plenty of sun and are harvested regularly to allow room for more growth. To grow cucumbers in a container, you should grow them vertically to get the most out of your plant. Add a cage or even a post to allow the vines to climb. Although any type of cucumber can grow in a container, the best varieties include midget picklets, spacemasters, and bush hybrids. And, like with most vegetable plants, you should harvest them often to allow more to grow. Believe it or not, pretty much all types of squash can be grown in pots or baskets.
They are very hardy plants and easy to grow, even for people who don’t have green thumbs. If you enjoy eating squash, like zucchini, just plant your seeds in any pot and watch them thrive! If you enjoy making up fresh salads regularly, why not add spinach, kale, and lettuce to your urban garden? In fact, some garden centers actually sell containers with a variety of leafy vegetables already planted together. Either way, give them lots of sunlight and water and you’ll be eating healthy greens as often as you like. Of course, not all plants for potted gardens have to be a fruit or a vegetable; sometimes it’s nice just to have something decorative. Spider plants are one of the most common plants for container gardens because they are easy to care for and are known for helping clean the air in your home. All you need to do is provide it with well-drained soil, bright sunlight, and a bit of water now and then. Another great plant to add to your small garden is a snapdragon.
These are hardy plants that grow straight and tall, have colorful blooms that look fantastic when mixed with a variety of other flowers or on their own, and even self seed. Pansies are probably one of the most common potting plants ever, most likely because they can be planted alongside everything from vegetables to herbs to ferns and other flowering plants. These pretty flowers are easy to grow and can last all year long when kept inside.