Gardening Soil for Container Planting
I planted some annuals in 24-inch planter using garden soil. Will they be ok? Also, what ornamental grasses could I plant where I live that will come back in the summer?
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It is actually better to use organic rich potting soil rather than using regular garden soil. Regular garden soil can compact and harm the roots while potting soil will stay aerated, which will give the roots room to grow well. You can easily remedy this, however, by mixing in some potting soil or organic matter (like compost or peat) into the current soil in your pot. With adequate care, the plants should do fine. There are many ornamental grasses suited to your region. Here are a few suggestions: Maiden grass: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/maiden-grass/growing-maiden-grass.htm, Japanese forest grass: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/japanese-forest-grass/golden-japanese-forest-grass.htm, Northern sea oats: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/northern-sea-oats/northern-sea-oats-grass.htm, Fountain grass (look for one particularly hardy to your area). In Zones 5-9, fountain grass is considered perennial. However, they seem to respond better in the warmest areas of Zone 5. They can survive in the ground and come back as long as it does not get colder than 20 F. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/fountain-grass/tips-for-care-of-fountain-grass.htm