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How to Care for a Container Garden

It’s springtime in Louisville, and gardeners throughout the city are planting their flowers and vegetables. You might think that you can’t have a garden if you live in an apartment, but many plants are well adapted to growing in pots. 


Halsey Flats is three miles away from the locally-owned St. Matthews garden center, The Plant Kingdom. You can browse their inventory online, order your plants, and pick them up at the curb. If you’re new to apartment gardening, we’ve got some tips on how to get started. 

Check Your Sunlight

Plants generally fall into three categories for sunlight:


  • Full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day)

  • Part sun (3-6 hours of direct sunlight per day)

  • Shade (no direct sunlight)


Some shade plants can tolerate light in the early morning or evening, or light that’s “patchy” – like sunlight peeking through a nearby tree. Also, shade-loving plants can adapt well to living indoors through the colder months, whereas full-sun plants may not get enough light indoors.


Before you choose your plants, take a look at your balcony or patio to determine what type of light you have. Notice how the light changes throughout the day. One perk of potted plants is that they can be moved around to adjust their time in the sunlight, as needed. 

Edible Plants for Small Pots

If you like jalapeños and have a sunny outdoor space, you’re in luck – this hardy plant grows well in a small pot and will produce about 20 to 30 peppers in a growing season. Rosemary, basil, oregano, mint, and cilantro are also well-suited to containers. 


Other vegetables you can grow in pots include chives, some varieties of lettuce, and tomatoes. Tomatoes are almost easier to grow in pots than in soil beds, because the pot helps support the trellis or wire cage you’ll need to keep tomatoes off the ground. 


Perennial vs. Annual Flowers

Perennial flowers will reappear year after year in the right growing conditions. They have large root systems, so they are more suited to flower beds than containers. However, when planted in a large pot, some perennials can survive through the winter. Annuals are a less expensive option, but they live for just one season. 

See Your New Space

Halsey Flats has spacious apartments with private balconies and patios perfect for your small garden. Ready to take a look? We now offer virtual tours and online leasing. Call today to ask about availability: (502) 806-8030


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