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Having a deck where you can sit and relax is wonderful. In fact, most homes today have decks that come in all different sizes, shapes, and materials. To add vibrancy to your deck, you can place flowers and plants around to create a genuine oasis away from the hectic world outside the home.

If you plan to set up a number of different plants, you will need to give some thought to how the plants will be watered. The best option is an irrigation drip system but if you do not have access to an outside faucet, this would be difficult to set up. Another option is to use a recoil hose that simply connects to an outdoor or kitchen faucet with the use of an adapter. Then by attaching a gardening wand, you can easily get all the plants watered without a mess. Be sure all the plants have been put into place before you water since the wet soil can make the plants heavy and difficult to work with. Additionally, since plants will be outside, they will dry out quicker than an inside plant would so be sure to check the moisture level every day.

When having deck plants, sunlight is an important consideration in that too much sun can burn the plants and too little sun will not produce a healthy plant. If the plants will be in direct sunlight, be sure you provide some type of coverage or can move the plants so they get no more than three to four hours a day. Another factor is that as the seasons change, the position and strength of the sun will change so the plants will need to be moved around. Finally, regarding sunlight, annuals or plants that bloom more frequently generally need more sunlight than perennials would need.

Choosing the proper type of container is important for deck plants more than it would be a houseplant. The key to growing plants out on the deck or balcony is good drainage and a container that is lightweight. One of the best options is plastic, which is both lightweight and inexpensive. Best of all, the designs on today�s market are so well made that you cannot tell them from real wood or terra cotta. You could also choose a wood container but just make sure it has a good liner to avoid rot and that it can be moved easily when needed.

One of the most fun aspects of deck plants is the design. You want to think about the style of your home and paint or siding color when choosing your flower type and color. For instance, if your home is a dark taupe or burgundy, flowers with purple, yellow, or red blooms look amazing. If your home is a country blue or green, stick with purple, yellow, and orange colors. However, if your house is light in color such as yellow or white, then you can choose just about any color or color combination.

To create dimension and interest, choose different size and styles of containers. Be sure the taller plants are toward the back with the smaller flowers and plants in the front. Another option is to add a beautiful trellis with growing vines. If you prefer, you can build a bubbling fountain for ambience. The possibilities are truly endless.

An excellent way to determine the best placement of your containers is to look at the options from different angles. Start by looking from the inside of the house to the outside to see if the arrangement is pleasing. Then, you want to look at the arrangement from the outside as well. This way, you will enjoy the look of your deck plants from all angles.

When choosing plants, perfect options include any of the following:
  • Annuals and perennials that have magnificent blooms
  • Dwarf trees and shrubs
  • Herbs and tomato plants
  • Miniature rose bushes
  • Vines such as honeysuckle or grapes
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