Commitment-phobic? Then gardening might be the ultimate turn-off. After all, growing plants entails sticking around in the same place to water, feed, prune and, yes, enjoy their beauty, year after year, doesn’t it?
Here are 5 ideas to have green and growing things with you wherever you roam. Click on any photo to read on.
Container plantings are the ultimate solution in movable gardens. Look (or make your own) containers with an eye for maximum flexibility. These hanging boxes are the right size to lift and move. Their chains (and the hooks they’re hanging from) can be removed with them and re-installed in your next place.
Add wheels to all non-hanging containers. For large pots, check your favourite garden centres for mini dollies made for plant containers. Now you can move your garden to follow the sun on your balcony, deck or patio.
Pass up perennials for annuals which are cheaper and give you a faster and longer show of blooms. Perennials are lovely in containers but they have to spend far more energy making sure they live to see another year so they tend not to bloom for nearly as long as annuals.
Think beyond the pot. Here, a piece of lattice has been reinforced and staked into a large flower pot, no wall or fence needed–perfect if you rent or live in a high-rise.
Find a signature plant that’s big, fast and reliable to grow each year wherever you find yourself. That way, it’s your garden (not the actual plant) that’s always with you. I love runner beans for this purpose: They’re easy to grow in a container, can twine up a support taller than you long before the season is up, can fill a corner with leafy jungle-ness and – bonus – you get a crop of deliciousness.