What will grow in a stone planter ?

toomuchglass(5)May 15, 2012

There's so many garden forums , I couldn't figure out where to ask this! Since I'm in South Milwaukee ,I thought I'd start here.

**Waving hi to my neighbors !**

I'm Kathy ,I usually hang out at the GW crafty forums . Nice to meet you ! Here's my problem . My small yard is a plant cemetery . I only have a few growing spots. Everything seems to die for me. ( I don't have a green thumb ,so maybe it's me ) I have an internet friend that lives in New Hampshire - she dug up 3 plants out of her garden & sent them to me -- guaranteed easy to grow !

Bless her ! Now , here's my question. I have a big stone planter in my yard. It's 3' x 3' x 3' x3' and 4 foot deep. It's filled with good top soil. I'm tired of planting annuals in it - I'm looking for something that will come up every year .There HAS to be SOMETHING ! - a bush or a plant , something that will survive our winters ! Do you know what it is ? The planter, like most of my yard , gets the afternoon sun. I'm jumping with joy at my NH plants !!! Do you know what grows in a stone planter ?

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Hi Kathy, and welcome. I've seen your posts on the "Garden Junk Forum". Many things grow in a container that size as long as it has proper drainage. The catch-all phrase of "good topsoil" usually is not conducive to good growing in a container. A looser mix is needed that includes more perlite, turface and pine bark, although if the planter has no bottom you might be ok. How many hours of afternoon sun does it get and what plants did you get?

tj

    Bookmark   May 16, 2012 at 4:51PM
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toomuchglass(5)

Hi Tj ~~ Thanks for the reply ! My planter gets the afternoon sun & it's in a sheltered corner of the yard.

I might have to loosen the soil a bit ( never thought of that ) I've only planted annuals in it so far . I haven't bought any plants for it yet this year. I swear I've seen flowering bushes growing in big stone planters. Maybe I'm dreaming ! LOL Mine looks like a stone wishing well . Maybe I'm better off filling it with totems or yard art , LOL .

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 12:31PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

If its full sun all afternoon, then any sun loving plant would do fine...be it a shrub, conifer, even a small tree. How big of a plant would you want? A 3'x3'x4' container could support any of a number of things and being stone it likely wouldn't cook the roots. Any chance of a pic?

tj

    Bookmark   May 18, 2012 at 4:40PM
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Mary614

One of the toughest plants that I have are daylillies. They do fine over winter and in my experience grow in everything from sand to clay :-)

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 10:28PM
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skeip

One of the biggest challenges in an above ground container, after the propper soil mix, is the over wintering conditions. That block of soil in the winter is going to freeze solid when it's cold, and then thaw when the sun hits it, even on a cold winter day. You have to figure a way to manage / minimize the freeze / thaw cycle, that will do in just about any perennial or woody. Once it's frozen, you need to keep it frozen to keep the plants dormant. I have seen people take sheets of builders styrofoam and build a box to put over a container, with a hole for the planting to come thru. Think gigantic rose cone!

Steve

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 12:27PM
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