Garden boxes can be beautifully adorned with all kind of plants, from culinary herbs and delicious vegetables and fruits to exotic tropical plants and ornamentals. Growing plants in containers is easy, fun and profitable, so start planting what you want, as the choices are varied.

  • Tasty Vegetables

For tomato plants you will need at least 3 feet of soil and a trellis or robust stake to sustain the plant. Bush zucchinis require medium to large container while a pumpkin vine needs rich soil, but also a lot of water and fertilizer. Garden boxes successfully accommodate peas, peppers, carrots, onions, turnips, cucumbers that will provide harvest all autumn long. If you have enough space, five to 10 garden boxes is the equivalent of a small garden plot in terms of how many vegetables you can grow.

  • Flavored Herbs

Herbs are adaptable plants, but they usually need a lighter soil medium, so have the soil and organic matter in the box mixed with light sand and gravel. You can grow culinary herbs such as thyme, basil, rosemary, sage, parsley, oregano, cilantro, sweet marjoram and chives. You will have fresh herbs for your cuisine all year long, as they grow well even in winter in a controlled medium, with plenty of light and the right temperature.

  • Ornamentals

Dwarf lilacs, bamboo, azaleas, ornamental grasses and other shrubs are perfect for decorating patios and decks. Besides larger containers, these plants also need winter protection in a covered medium where the temperature does not fall under 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Exotic Tropical Plants

Orange and banana trees, passion flowers, bird of paradise flower or canna lilies can also grow in garden boxes. The spectacular exotic tropical plants generally require larger containers if they are mature. Containers also have to be strong for an eventual moving, so they are more expensive than the usual ones. For surviving until spring, exotic plants need a controlled environment during the cold season, so light and warmth are a must.

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