Flowering containers abound in the summer on Nantucket. Whether on the island’s famous Main Street or tucked away in winding alleyways, color and texture jump out from the deep shaded lawns of captain’s mansions or accent the plain faces of historic yet modest shingled homes.
Planting containers isn’t difficult, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin. First, look at the spot where you want to put that planter, and see how much sun it gets in a day. If your spot gets at least six full hours of direct sunlight, choose plants that are labeled for full sun. In general, these pots require more water than a planter in less light. An area that gets only three to six hours of sun each day is considered partial sun or partial shade, as long as those hours don’t include the prime tanning hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You should also consider the size of your container before you decide what plants to put in it. If you like large plants, be sure to use large containers!