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Perennials, annuals, grasses, succulents, vegetables, and fruits. Overwhelmed with endless possibilities? Being informed will help you make the best choice for your combination containers.

Perennials are cold hardy plants that last for more than two growing seasons. Annual plants flower and die within the same growing season. Grasses can be perennial or annual and will add motion to containers. Succulents will create great texture in pots for those hot, dry, sunny areas. With too little space or too little time for a garden why not try container vegetable gardening. Even some small fruits work well on containers. Herb container gardening will offer wonderful aromas and fresh flavor in your cooking.

Perennials can stand alone in your container or be combined with colorful annuals. Graceful grasses will sway in the breeze. Pop sweet blueberries into your mouth or add delicious grape tomatoes to your salads. From simple small balcony containers to a landscape full of garden containers have fun and enjoy the endless possibilities!


Container gardening lets you explore your creative side while offering versatility. Chose your favorite size, shape, and color container and fill it from a large selection of plants available for your choosing. Annuals, perennials, and even fruits and vegetables will fulfill your gardening wishes. Plants are available for sun or shade and with the option of decorating for the changing seasons your containers can provide year round appeal. Containers may be placed on decks and patios or along sidewalks and driveways. Containers may be grouped, placed in the landscape, or as container hanging baskets to be hung from your home or decorative plant hangers. Container gardening works well for large or small spaces, city environments or urban areas. Have fun. The possibilities are endless! Garden Crossings can answer your questions, provide combination ideas, and offers a large selection of plants. Check out our web site or stop in and see us at the garden center.


A couple of the more common nutrients that plants require are: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, & Potassium.

Nitrogen is the main nutrient that plants use to grow new leaves and stems. When used on your lawn nitrogen helps to green it up. Be careful when using nitrogen that you do not over do it, to much nitrogen will cause your plant to produce lots of leaves and grow big, but you will be disappointed with a poor show of flowers/berries/seeds/etc. Nitrogen is found in legume residues such as alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, mesquite, soy and peanuts. It’s also found in fish emulsion and animal waste. Symptoms of Nitrogen deficiency in plants include:

  • Spindly Stems and stunted growth
  • Older leaves turn yellowish green
  • Extreme amounts of nitrogen can kill the roots of your plant which in turn kills the plant

Phosphorus is needed to promote vigorous roots and helps in forming the flowers. Natural sources of Phosphorus are rock phosphate, bonemeal, and poultry manure. Symptoms of phosphorus deficiency in plants include:

  • Slow growth; stunted plants
  • Purplish coloration on the foliage of some plants
  • Dark green coloration with the tips of leaves dying
  • Delayed maturity
  • Poor fruit, flower, and seed production

Potassium is also important for the transport of sugars and for starch formation as plants convert sunshine to food. Potassium helps with plant growth and also increases plant resistance to disease. The size and quality of your fruits and vegetables are also affected. Potassium can be found in kelp products (large seaweeds belonging to the brown algae group) and also in wood ash. Symptoms of potassium deficiency in plants include:

  • Tip and marginal (leaf edges) burn starting on more mature foliage
  • Weak stalks and stems
  • Small fruit and shriveled seeds
  • Slow growth