Growing Annuals in Containers?

Is it possible to grow flowers in containers sitting in a hole in the ground? The soil around our house is mixed with clay and is rocky. Finances prevent me from replacing that soil with properly amended soil. Is it possible to set a flowerpot down in the ground to put annuals in for the summer? I would probably use plastic yogurt containers, with holes punched in the bottom, so that I could put lids on them after the annuals die out, then cover with mulch to hide for the winter.

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June 6, 20150 found this helpful

Annuals don't come back every year, they have to be replaced with new plants every year. Perannuals are the ones that come back every year.

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June 6, 20150 found this helpful

As for the idea of using yogurt containers, do you mean the quart container? I don't think the individual containers would be big enough. Even using the quart containers, only one/two plants per container I would think would be the limit, so they have room to grow healthy roots.

I think you are smart to come up with a way to enjoy and beautify your yard without spending a lot. Perhaps a hardy ground cover in a few of your containers. Periwinkle has blue or white flowers... might work. That is a perennial and stays green all winter in most areas, so would look nice year round and even spread to cover a larger area. You sound creative, I'm sure you will come up with others.

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