Creating a Container Garden…


Almost 3 years ago, I moved into my current home. There were raised beds in the backyard and the front yard was incredibly bare except for a Japanese Maple tree which my mom has threatened to cut it down many times since and I have to keep reminding her that this is my house, not hers.

2 years ago, I started creating my garden. I planted 2 cherry trees, 2 plum trees, 3 strawberry plants, and 6 dahlia bulbs hoping to stop my neighbors’ weeds from invading my yard.

1 year ago, I planted mint, Shasta Daisies, Rock Cress, and green bell peppers, hoping once again to stop the invasion of the weeds. Sadly, the dahlias did not survive the winter. Apparently, I had to dig the plant and put it in a container and bring it inside for the winter and then plant it again in the spring, who knew?

This year, I was again faced with dead plants when spring arrived. One of the 2 Rock Cress plants did not survive the winter, the peppers didn’t survive either and the 2 Shasta Daisies were not doing so well. So, it looks like not many plants can survive the freezing winter of Utah, at least, not the ones in my backyard. That’s why I decided to build my garden in containers instead, that should give the plants a better chance to last through the winter, being portable.

A few weeks ago, I went to the nursery and bought a variety of flowers – dianthus, pinks, daisies, geraniums, phlox, pincushion flowers, and thrift – as well as some herbs and vegetables – lavender, rosemary, and green bell peppers.

I transplanted all of the new plants and a few of the existing plants into self-water planters with a healthy layer of compost and potting soil last weekend. So far, they are looking awesome. The Shasta Daisies that almost didn’t survive the winter looked revived as well. It makes me so happy to see such a varietal of colors in my backyard.

Colors are what spring is all about.

9 thoughts on “Creating a Container Garden…

  1. Lovely! If you can, keep the plant tags. They’ll tell you which ones can survive outside all year. Most of the ones you named are not hardy where you live, but the dianthus, pinks and maybe the phlox should be alright!
    I always take my houseplants outside too early in spring and lose a few🙄

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    • I always keep my plant tags though usually, I find the tags don’t tell me much and I’d need to go online and read more detail on the plants to know them better. I actually found a “plant encyclopedia” online and have been going off of it since.

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  2. Hi Yinglan. I’m jealous of all the wonderful trees in your garden, the mint and and other trees sound good too. Fresh mint goes great in everything 🙂 Looking great. I’m not a gardener, as such, but know fresh fruit and spices are the best, mine I get at farmers markets 🙂 I think peaches are my favourite for peach crisp, and Fresh mint is really great in Hot green tea. My ex,used to do it all the time from Morocco. Cheers

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    • Hi Mandi, I’m not a gardener either. In fact, I’ve been known as the plant killer, every plant I’ve ever grown has died until now but it’s too soon to tell. Crossing my fingers.

      Oh yeah, definitely, fresh is always the best. I hope to have plenty of those this summer.

      I’ll have to transplant my mint into a pot this fall though, before it overruns my yard.

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      • Mint and some other spices grow fast for sure. My parents always had a garden growing up and I recall Dill, and Chives running wild lol. You sound like a great gardener even if you’re new at it.
        We used to joke that my mom had a ‘black thumb’ b/c she killed every plant age ever received. However, as of late these past few years, she’s had orchids and for some reason is very successful in growing them inside. I think b/c they require much less water than usual plants.

        Take care lady. Good to hear from you & good luck in the garden 🙂

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  3. I do not have a green thumb, but I have learned what you are learning. Keep trying different plants until you find something that works in your area. I have a tough climate as well–short growing season and cold winters. Add in hungry deer. Chives and rhubarb came back this year on the porch–early harbingers of spring. Good luck with your planting.

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  4. I really like your beautiful blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon.

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  5. I bought a lot of herbs and flowers this year too. My hydrangeas from 2 years ago are not growing and also not blooming, so disappointed!! Hoping other flowers will do better. I have a plum tree at the back… always infected.. take more photos of your garden! I always like to see other people’s gardens!!! Getting more and more interested in gardening.

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