Container gardens are one solution for a number of gardening challenges. For older gardeners who can't use heavy equipment, a container garden is a way to continue growing flowers, plants and vegetables. Apartment dwellers may use containers to provide greenery around a roof, balcony or patio. Finally, containers are a way to extend the growing season by allowing plants to be moved when weather turns cold.
Although it may seem odd that a vegetable could be considered a potted plant, containers can be used to create small-scale vegetable gardens in tight places such as rooftops and patios. New species of dwarf vegetables, such as window box roma or patio hybrid tomatoes have been specially formulated for growing in container gardens. Other vegetables appropriate for containers include bush beans, lettuce, carrot, pepper, radish, basil, parsley, thyme and broccoli. The key to successfully growing vegetables in containers is to make sure plants receive at least six hours of sun daily. To do this, place containers away from a tree, fence or wall where the sun will be blocked.
Even though water gardening is traditionally reserved for those with large back yards, a microcosm of a pond can be made in a container such as a barrel using dwarf-varieties of pond plants, such as dwarf lilies, bulrushes and irises. If you choose to make a water feature in a container, arrange the feature so it contains plants at several depths, just like a large-scale water feature would. This could include floating plants such as parrot feather, shell flower, water hyacinth or water lettuce, as well as dwarf cattails.
All orchids belong to the family of flowering plants known as Orchidaceae, the largest of all plant families. Orchids are known for their exotic and distinctive flowers, which are as different in appearance from one another as they are from other flowers. Orchids are often sold by themselves by florists, while the plants are grown in greenhouses for collectors to cultivate at home. Because orchids prefer high humidity, they must often be kept in a bathroom or other part of the home where humidity is present. They are often unsuited to growing in other parts of the home, where humidity is removed by artificial heating and cooling. Orchid varieties may include Phalaenopsis (moth orchids) and Paphiopedilum (slipper orchids).