Plants

How to Grow and Care for Lavender in Containers

Lavender

Intro: The aromatic lavender plant has beautiful purple-blue flowers and adds height to a container garden. It makes a great companion plant with vegetables and herbs, and it will attract beneficial insects to your garden, including butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

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How to Grow and Care for Tomatoes in Containers

Tomato Solanum lycopersicum

Intro: Tomato plants actually do best when grown in plant containers in kitchen gardens, and even gardeners with yards grow them in containers or even in bags. These plants have a distinctive smell and small, humble yellow flowers. After you’ve picked one of your own tomatoes straight from your balcony's kitchen garden, you’ll never look at a grocery store tomato in the same way again!

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How to Grow and Care for the Common Daisy Flower in Containers

Common daisy

Intro: Common daisies are beautiful flowers found in many flowerbeds and vase arrangements. The white-petaled daisy flower with its yellow center does well in plant containers and is easy to grow and care for in balcony gardens. Daisy blooms are most commonly white, but they can also be light pink to purple-red, depending on the variety. Daisy blooms should appear from early spring to late autumn. Many other flowers go by the name “daisy,” but the common daisy is usually what gardeners picture when thinking of the typical daisy flower. Daisy flowers bloom close to the ground (it only grows to about 6 inches tall) and are rather small (about 2.5 inches in diameter).

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How to Grow and Care for the Sage Plant in Containers

Sage plant

Intro: Sage is a wonderful-smelling herb often used in medicines and in food dishes. Sage is a great addition to an urban kitchen garden for gardeners who like its smell (for a better smell, rub a leaf between your fingers) and who like to cook with sage. Sage’s flowers, which bloom in late spring or summer, are most commonly blue to purple, but some sage varieties can have pink or white flowers.

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Growing the Jacaranda Tree (Jacaranda mimosifolia) in Containers

tree jacaranda mimosifoliaJacaranda trees (Jacaranda mimosifolia) are tall blooming trees that cannot grow to maturity in a plant container in a balcony garden. Just like many trees, this tree can be grown in a balcony garden (or even indoors if you have a sunny spot) while it is young. Eventually every Jacaranda in a plant container will need to be transplanted into the ground, so you may have to part with your Jacaranda someday (unless you buy a house with a nice big yard).

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