Decoration – Pots can be quite decorative and colorful (sometimes at the expense of the plant itself).
Portability – Maintaining plants in pots allows for constant redecorating and rearranging, a process that is more difficult when plants are well established in a garden.
Water Saving – Potted plants are easy to water, and you conserve water because you irrigate only the container and not the surrounding garden. No doubt there is more watering by hand, which takes time, but I find it quite cathartic.
Plant Health – We have found that most plants, ornamentals, and flowers adapt well to pots, and we can control the plant’s size by limiting the size of the container while still keeping the plants healthy and vibrant.
Critter control – We live in the high desert in a rural community, with a climate that is conducive to growing plants nearly year-round. But, the critters live here year-round as well, and they frequently like the taste of our plants. We try to live in harmony with them, so having plants in containers is helpful.
Certified Wildlife Habitat
Maintaining an inviting environment for birds is equally as easy. We placed birdfeeders and water in the garden with our potted plants near an old scrub oak, along with some sizable potted trees we’ve raised. The flowering plants also serve as a source of nectar for hummingbirds, adult butterflies, and various insects, which sometimes serve as food for the birds. The old oak and potted friends provide birds protection from predators; the species of birds we attract coexist quite well with the butterflies.
Judy and I decided to have our particular backyard potted garden also certified as a Wildlife Habitat. The process is fairly easy, and if you are so inclined check out the requirements on the National Wildlife Website.