13 In Fabulous over Fifty

Effortless Elegance: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Container Gardening

This picture of my side porch at the Corner House was probably my favourite year for my flower boxes. The yellow begonias were stunning. The ferns couldn’t be an easier plant to look after. They are hardy and were forgiving when I forgot about them 😜

I’ve been going on and on about how excited I am to be starting my garden. I just need to clarify something, come clean…when I say that ‘I’ am excited, I really mean that I am excited to watch Benjamin dig my gardens FOR me. Not sure if I EVER mentioned that! 😂

Ben is going to get the beds ready for me and then I will take over with the plantings.

I get that not everyone wants to have a garden. Not everyone even has a garden. Who says you need a green thumb and endless hours of free time to enjoy the beauty of gardening? With container gardening, even the laziest of girls can create a stunning garden oasis with minimal effort. OK…so not all of you are lazy when it comes to gardening, some of you are just too busy. I get it 😉 Say goodbye to back-breaking labor and hello to effortless elegance as we explore the lazy ‘busy’ girl’s guide to container gardening.

KISS 😘  Not that kind of kiss… Keep It Simple Silly! As a busy girl, simplicity is your best friend. Opt for low-maintenance plants that require minimal care and attention. Succulents, cacti, and air plants are perfect choices for the busy gardener, as they thrive on neglect and only require occasional watering and sunlight. My daughter in law Maxine swears that she has killed an air plant 😆 There are a lot of low maintenance flowers to choose from.

How pretty and completely simple is this? Sweet potato vine and classic petunias. I caution though…you have to dead head the petunias…so if you are really lazy busy you might want to take a pass on them.  Kind of lovely though in the early mornings to be out in your garden dead heading while having your coffee. I find it very relaxing.

Salvia. These easy and trouble free flowers  have a beautiful deep purple colour. They will produce flowers all season. Once they are established in either a pot or garden they are really resilient. Definitely a favourite for their rich colour.

Lobelia. This pretty little flower does best in full sun to partial shade. Do you ever wonder what exactly that means…plant it wherever the h*** you want 😆 if it grows, great! Just don’t plant it in full shade. Minimal effort with these beauts.

Glove Amaranth The first time I saw these was in the middle of Brant Street. They were in an adopted garden space at a cross walk. I figure if they can survive the cars whipping by all day long with all that pollution they can survive me! And they did. These plants thrive in full sun and produce a plethora of hot pink blossoms all summer long. They are tough, heat and drought tolerant.

Impatiens. Who does’t love these happy little flowers. You can get them for sun or for shade. These are double blooms. No patience needed for these impatiens 💕

Strawberries. You might not think it, but strawberries are simple to grow. They do great in hanging planters. I never used any type of fertilizer or bug spray so I could walk outside and eat a couple right off the plant every morning. So, so sweet!

This is a perfect example of  a Thriller, filler and spiller container. Have you never heard of it? Read about the concept HERE.  Such an easy to grow window box. Begonias (filler), sweet potato vine (spiller) and a Dracaena/spike plant (thriller)

Choose Self-Watering Containers if you can: Say goodbye to the hassle of daily watering with self-watering containers. These innovative pots feature built-in reservoirs that slowly release water to keep your plants hydrated for days or even weeks at a time. Simply fill the reservoir, sit back, and let the container do the work for you. A fun tip 🤞 place a diaper in the bottom of your planters before you add your soil. The diaper will soak up water and feed your thirsty plants between watering.

Go Vertical: Maximize your gardening space and minimize your effort by going vertical. Vertical gardening allows you to grow a lush garden without taking up valuable floor space. Hang baskets of trailing plants from hooks or railings, or invest in a vertical garden tower to create a living wall of greenery with minimal effort. Place an obelisk inside your planter with a pretty vine such as Morning Glory and watch it grow up towards the sun.

Morning glory planter


Mix and Match: Get creative with your container combinations by mixing and matching different plants, textures, and colours. Choose a variety of plants with varying heights, shapes, and foliage to create visual interest and dimension in your garden. The lazy party busy girl’s motto? The more the merrier – and the less work for you!

Invest in Perennials: For the ultimate lazy busy girl’s garden, invest in perennial plants that come back year after year with minimal maintenance. Once planted, perennials require little more than occasional watering and pruning to keep them looking their best. Choose a mix of perennial flowers, shrubs, and grasses for a garden that practically takes care of itself. I don’t put perennials in my planters. I change them out with the seasons. But I filled my Corner House front garden with them.


Keep It Contained: Container gardening is all about containment – both literally and figuratively. Keep your lazy busy girl’s garden contained to a manageable size by limiting the number of containers and plants you have. Start small and gradually add more containers as you become more comfortable with gardening.

Gardening doesn’t have to be a chore – especially for the lazy busy girl who values simplicity and ease above all else. With container gardening, you can enjoy all the beauty of nature with minimal effort and maximum reward. So grab your favorite plants, kick back, and let your garden do the work for you. After all, lazy busy girls deserve a beautiful garden too!









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  • Reply
    May 19, 2024 at 6:56 AM

    HA HA..great post Marion. I definitely fall into the lazy/busy girl category! Lots of great information and a good chuckle to go with it. Lovely way to start my Sunday.

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      May 19, 2024 at 5:03 PM

      Haha, thanks so much Emily. We lazy/busy gals need to stick together. 😊 Glad you were able to start your day with a smile.

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    May 19, 2024 at 6:59 AM

    I am all about container gardens. I live in an apartment building so obviously I have not choice. I usually do floral arrangements but I think I will add more veggies this year. Thanks for a great read. I love waking up to your blog. Have a fantastic Sunday.

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      May 19, 2024 at 5:05 PM

      Hi Cheryl. My daughter always did her veggies on her balcony. She loved it when she BBQ’d. All her herbs were right there. Good luck with your containers. Marigolds go well with veggies and add a pop of colour!
      I hope your Sunday was amazing. The weather was fabulous today.

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    May 19, 2024 at 7:00 AM

    Thanks for another great blog. Have a great Sunday.

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      May 19, 2024 at 5:06 PM

      Thank you for stopping in Kathleen. I hope you have an amazing day.

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    Danielle Ross
    May 19, 2024 at 8:23 AM

    Thank you for all those great ideas! I’m starting to get excited about getting my planters ready.

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      May 19, 2024 at 5:08 PM

      Thanks Danielle. I am sure your planters will be gorgeous!!! Have fun with them.
      Happy SUnday to you.

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    May 19, 2024 at 1:24 PM

    Absolutely loved this M. Just in time to inspire me to plant.
    Thank you.

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      May 19, 2024 at 5:10 PM

      Thanks M 😂 Have fun planting. The weather was perfect to be out puttering in the garden today. Unfortunately every single plant store was slammed! All the weekend warriors were out in full force today.
      I think I will get busy with the planters on Tuesday when it’s a bit quieter.
      Thanks as always for stopping in to say hello. I always love hearing from you 😘

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    Christie Lehmann
    May 21, 2024 at 3:45 PM

    Your gardens are spectacular Marion! What a sight for you and your neighbors to enjoy!

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      May 23, 2024 at 7:13 AM

      OMGOSH CHristie!! Thank you so much what a lovely compliment! I’ll take it 😂
      I still have a few more things to get done. It has been fun starting from scratch with a much smaller garden than that of my last home. Have a wonderful day Christie and thanks for popping in to say hello.

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