Should You Keep Your Plants in the Ground or in Mobile Planters?

You can make your front lawn and backyard look any way you’d like. If you’re a fan of outdoor living spaces, you can create concrete patios or update your current one with an overlay. You can add trees for layers of shade and depth. A seasonal vegetable garden can take the edge off your grocery bill and give you access to heirloom produce. But as you’re designing your plant layout, you might see the same plants buried in the ground and kept in decorative pots.

Should You Keep Your Plants in the Ground or in Mobile Planters?

Which plants should you keep mobile?

Some plants need a bit more protection than others. If you have young, fragile plants that aren’t used to the Texas heat, keep them in the planter. Then you can shift them around to adjust their sun exposure. Many plants need partial shade as they’re adapting to a new home.

Planters also let you easily bring in plants during the winter. Herbs and produce with long growth schedules can’t easily survive even Texas winters, so planters let you move them indoors before for the first frost.

Keeping decorative plants and grasses in planters also lets you decorate your patio.

When do plants need to go in the ground?

The same types of plants you might keep in planters, such as decorative grasses, produce plants, and flowers, also need to go in the ground. The roots help hold the soil in place. This is important both near the foundation line and across the expanse of your lawn. Planting foundation plants is especially important because they seal in moisture and even cool down the soil.

Most beautiful yards use a combination of planters and in-ground planting designs. This gives your yard layered height and gives you the flexibility to find the best place for your plants. Go to Chambersville Tree Farm to get started selecting new plants and trees.