Do you lack a green thumb but desire a beautiful backyard with plants? Growing flowers in pots is a satisfying way to brighten up your porch or yard, and it’s a great way to get started with gardening. Here’s everything you need to know to get going. The containers themselves help make up the garden’s design, choose carefully!

Shopping List Here’s what you’ll need to start planting with containers. Planters with drainage holes are musts — you don’t want your plants to drown! Flowerpot with drainage holes: There are all kinds of materials available — pick what you like in a size you can handle. (Just remember, it will be heavy when filled with soil and watered).

Water must be able to drain out, or your plants will drown. If you want to use a decorative planter without drainage holes, plant your flowers in an inexpensive pot that does drain, and set it in the planter on top of a little gravel. Bag of potting mix for containers: Potting mix is lightweight and rich in nutrients, and some kinds have fertilizer already mixed in.

Don’t use soil from your yard — it’s too heavy. Piece of screen, shard of pottery, or a coffee filter: This is necessary if the drainage holes are large (over 1/2 inch). Put it over the holes to keep the soil from washing out. All-purpose plant food: Optional. Flowering Plants: The most important part!