It’s the middle of June and my perennial gardens are coming along nicely. The few hanging baskets I’d purchased haven’t stood the test of 2 dogs though. Somehow the dogs have knocked the stands over while playing and my poor baskets are looking very poorly. I am intent on nursing them back to health, in the meantime I wanted to get myself a few large planters for the deck to bring in some colour.
Planters and urns can make a strong statement, by choosing your fav colours and plants you can liven up your outdoor space. Today I headed to our local Zehrs to see what tickled my fancy.
I ended up buying 2 pretty planter boxes after browsing them for ages. They have so many styles, materials and colours that it was quite difficult to decide. I almost bought a gorgeous teal blue pair but as always my conservative kicked in.
I also bought a plethora of annuals to use in the planters, President’s Choice carries a line of annuals called Gigantico which I adore. They are three times the size of normal annuals and with our short season, they are instant gratification.
From tall ones, hanging ones to showy ones I think I’ve got it covered. Along with these items, I picked up some soil to use in the planters, managed to get a great deal as well. After the super nice sales rep helped me load up the SUV, I headed home to get planting.
How to Make a Gorgeous Planter
Fill the bottom of the urn or planter with filler such as gravel, empty plastic flower containers or coarse sand. The filler helps with drainage and saves on unnecessary potting soil.
Fill the container with potting soil until you reach within 1″ of the top. Flowering annuals have shallow roots and only require approximately 8″ of soil. Pat the soil down firmly, this will help plants to remain stable.
Choose your plants wisely. The most crucial point is the diameter of the plants; don’t buy plants with a large diameter which won’t end up fitting into the urn as attractively as you’d like.
Also take note of where the urn or planter will sit. If it’s in the shade you’ll need shade loving plants and vice versa if it’s full sun.
Planters and urns do well if you have a Thriller (tall showy plant), a Spiller (a cascading plant) and a Filler (plants to fill the spaces).
In today’s planters I used:
- Thriller: 1 tall annual for the centre of the planter/urn, today I chose spikes and an incredible Iris
- Spiller: Some trailing annuals, today I chose PC ‘Gold’, ‘Maculata’ and ‘Floramia’
- Filler: Shorter, wider fillers around the centre annual. Today I chose ‘Star Dust Super Flash’ and ‘Silver Spike’
Begin with the tall annual, dig a hole in the centre of the planter/urn slightly larger than the root ball. Remove the plant from the plastic container by grasping the base of the plant stem and gently squeezing or tapping the container. Place the annual into the hole, cover with soil and pat firmly.
Next plant the filler plants, making a circle if you’ve chosen more than a few. Finally plant the cascading plants, spacing them evenly around the diameter.
When all of your plants are planted, insert a container-friendly fertilizer like Miracle Grow sticks and water generously to settle the soil.
Within an hour I had 2 gorgeous planters, both quite different but equally suitable for our outdoor space.
It’s a simply endeavour and well-worth the effort!
Enter to WIN a $50 Gift Card to President’s Choice
My friends at President’s Choice want you to get in the garden! They’ve given me a $50 Gift Card to giveaway to one lucky Canadian reader.
Giveaway entry is simple, just use the Giveaway Tools form below. Giveaway ends July 2nd, winner will have 48 hours to respond.
some lovely pots or plants
Angie@Echoes of Laughter says
Love this pretty planter Julie! You did such a great job with colour and textures and composition. I love the PC Gardens Centers and I need a lot of plants for our perennial border! i would love to buy more perennials with a GC. Thanks for the giveaway! Angie xo
Jennifer Beckett says
It’s beautiful Julie!! I would buy a burning bush and a hydrangea to replace the ones the harsh winter killed. Thanks for the contest!! :-)
Darlene Schuller says
I’d have to get new pots for my existing plants & add to my collection of fine geenery :)
I would buy mosquito repellant plants as I live in a small town near a river and some plants that spread wildly as I want to have the least amount of grass possible :)
Jenn Johnston says
Would love this type Julie & PC!
Amy Stackhouse says
I love buying plants and getting my little guys involved in gardening. Our growing season is a little behind most of Canada so we’re just finishing up our vegetable garden. I would like to purchase some ground cover as we started some larger gardens. I love your planters!
Susan Hanley says
I’d buy some perennials for my gardens. I’m looking for some ground cover.
Jenn Johnston says
Oops….would love this….ty Julie & PC! Id most definitely find somthn to brighten up my place…PC has so many options!
I’m going to copy you and get that awesome planter – I love it!!
Jeff Skidmore says
Lindsay T says
I’d buy mulch! We bought many of our flowers & veggies at real Canadian superstore this year but we definitely need more mulch!
I would probably get some hardy ground cover to replace the ferns that we plan to dig out!
Like you, Julie, my perennials are starting to flourish, but my deck and yard need some color and “pick-me-up” With a $50.00 PC card I could pick from a wide range of PC annuals to brighten up these spots.
Pat B says
I’d check out the garden centre and see what is available – I’d love to have some woolly thyme if I could find it……
Lynda Cook says
I was just telling my mother today that I would like some indoor plants, so if I won I guess I would get me some plants for indoors
Erinn Lishman says
I’d have to say I’d buy groceries, anything needed, with this gift card. Not exciting but it would definitely help!!
I would love to win this so that I could try following your instructions to build as wonderful an urn as you did Julie
Carine Lefebvre says
Wow this is very beautiful, I simply love plants! With the gift card I would buy groceries. Thanks! Have a nice day!
I’d probably buy a few groceries with the gift card, maybe some outdoor items as well.
Crystal Englot says
I would use it to buy more flowers for my flowerbeds :)
Flowers & plants! I want my yard to be colorful :)
Anne Taylor says
I love plant pots so I’d buy a few of those!
Jackie Emilson says
Any type of plants. Woould like a hibiscus tree though.
thanks Jackie from St. Catharines
Tanya Lemoine says
Nicely done!!! I took a similar course that was really fun and informative! Your plants look great! I would love to add to the two that I have now. It would fill things in nicely. ;)
I’d get a herb planter, so I could have fresh herbs all the tine
I love it…..
Terri O'Donnell says
I would buy some planters and solar lights for my garden :)
caryn s says
I would buy veggies to plant in our container garden!
I’ve done my planting, but I need more ambience! I’d get new cushions and decorations for my deck.
Kristina Ziegler says
I’d buy some nice flowers for a planter!
Isabel Topps says
I’d have to buy food
Amy C says
I would buy strawberry plants
Cindy B. says
I would get some gorgeous pots and plants for my new deck.
Elaine G says
I would use it to buy perennials for mt garden
I would buy some hanging flower baskets.
Robyn L says
I would buy a few plants to put in front of the house in a boxed area(Perennials if possible) and I’ve been wanting to get a Rhubarb plant very badly.
Mary Graziano says
These are great Pots :)
Chris G says
I would buy top soil and veggie plants.
lisa bolduc says
ha since my thumb isn’t really green I would get a nice potten plant, and then a tub of ice cream so I can cry when my plant dies
My garden desperately needs fertilizer. This would be enough to buy some for not only my planters but my vegetable garden as well!
I would buy groceries for a BBQ
Belinda McNabb says
I would buy some planters and flowers
Fresh flowers and a few groceries
Lisa Ferris says
I would buy some very colourful flowers!
stacey dempsey says
I could use some outdoor garden lights for my sister
stacey dempsey says
Oh well I coudnt find them on their website so maybe they dont carry them anymore so I would get her some nice hanging baskets , her birthday is coming up
Id buy some herbs or veggie plants. I love my veggie garden
Julie Bolduc says
I really like the pots you got they are very cute so I would pick something similar
Cathy C says
I would buy some flowers for my 2 very sad looking empty pots on my front step
Chris Stockford says
I would buy Veggies!
A Nolen says
I would add some colour to my garden – and some herbs, too!
Sandra S says
I would buy some veggie seedlings and seeds for my garden
Heidi C. says
I would get a couple of outdoor planters to decorate the front of our house.
Patrick Siu says
i want to buy herbs for my garden
I’d like to buy flower pots, some seeds and a summer hat
I would buy some herbs to make a balcony planter.
I would use the giftcard to buy some new pots and flowers to decorate my windows.
lori b says
i would buy some herbs and planters for them
Lisa Smith says
I would buy some new shrubs
I would buy groceries and herb plants
Silvia D says
love the planter you did! I would buy some potting soil and some flowers to brighten up our back porch!
seham merzib says
Plkants and soil
I would buy a few of the gorgeous lillies I saw there :)
I just recently got a new (used) patio set and I would use the gift card towards some accessories (juice pitcher, bowls , plates., etc)
Jessica Z says
I would probably buy some groceries!
maybe some cute garden accessories, like the cute stools they have at Loblaws :D
Rick F says
some steak and shrimp for the barbie
Jennifer L. says
I’d buy a trellis and some flowers.
Some nice planters
I’d buy some groceries and a rose plant (one of mine did not make it).
Thanks for a great giveaway!
Suzanne G says
I would probably buy groceries. Your pots are beautiful and love the feature plant with the red flowers. What is the name of that plant.
I’d buy pots and some decorations for my deck
Janet Claire says
Your planters look so beautiful ! Thanks for the inspiration. Liked your idea about using an Iris for height . I would love to buy some urns, irises, PC wave annuals and make amazing planters for my back deck.
I’d buy a new rose bush – the tough winter here in Alberta killed mine.
Some hanging baskets or flowers for the front bed.
Dennise Brown says
I would buy planters and plants for the backyard
Elizabeth Nicholson says
I would buy a new planter for the deck.
Doris Calvert says
I have my eye on a large planter they have.
mohammad masood says
LOVE TO WIN
Carol M (Lushka S) says
Vanessa Cook says
Some pots and potting soil to transplant my 5 year old son’s sunflower he planted at the Children’s Festival!
Krista M says
Lilies, greenery spikes, dusty millers.. any plant from PC that can withstand the summer hailstorms.
I’d buy some plants and maybe some groceries
I would buy radish seeds, and some lovely bright flowers, yellow preferably.
Andrea Amy says
Some weed killer and maybe some fertilizer.
Christina B. says
I’d buy groceries
some fine cheeses and meat
Lori Jackson says
Wow…I would get some Marigolds to make a border around my veggies!
Karen E Hill says
I need some peat moss and some perennials that were damaged by this last winters weather. TY for the chance
Victoria Ess says
I’d buy new pots.
Judy C (Judy Cowan) says
I would buy a few more annuals to fill in the holes in the gardens
I would but a large pot/planter container. I need to spruce up my front entry.
Carolle H says
I would get some strawberry and some perennials :)
Monique L.S. says
I would buy groceries. The price of fruits and vegetables seems to have gone up by a lot lately, so would be nice to get a bit of a discount.
Robyn Bellefleur says
I would buy some new pots.
Wendy hutton says
would buy some new pots for my plants on the deck
M james says
I would buy a large palm / fern plant for my porch .
M Thompson says
I would buy some perennials, pots and potting soil
Andrea Williams says
I would like to get some pretty flowers to hang on our balcony.
Brenda Penton says
I would buy potting soil
Lori R says
I would love to try some hanging baskets. I have a rather boring front porch that could use a little cheer, but somehow, I usually stop before I get to there.
Nicely done! This is the first year that I’ve tried my hand at “gardening”, so I suppose I would probably buy some more plants to try to keep alive!
Loads of ice cream, it’s going to be a hot summer
I would buy some perennials for my garden!
I’d get some ice cream and burgers and have a family bbq!
Kevin Linkie says
If I won i’d likely get something for the patio.
Melinda L. says
lots of herbs and groceries for a BBQ
Eileen Ong says
I want to grow some peonies in my garden so I’ll get some of those.
Winnie B says
definitely some plants and flowers for my garden
jasna malobabic says
Jodi Chick (+ Kolchak & Felix too) says
I would love to get a small patio table for our deck. It’s awesome out there – but there’s no where to sit my iced tea!
Angela Mitchell says
I would love to get some solar garden lights.
i’d get some gardening tools
Lisa Neutel says
I would buy some more flowers for my garden or some moon rays
Carol Denny says
I would buy plants for my yard
angela m says
I would buy some hanging baskets
Sunshine G says
Summer BBQ supplies!
Amy Brown says
There is a PC garden center next to my house, I would buy some plants to spruce up my porch. thanks
Tammy Dalley says
cookies and cheese mm
Stephanie LaPlante says
I’d buy more herbs to add to my herb garden.
Mark V says
Kristine Ewald says
I would by a new ho and groceries
Florence C says
I would buy some flowers for the garden.
Karla Sceviour says
I would buy some greoceries for bbq!!..and cake!
Karla Sceviour says
Sean M says
I’d buy a new tree for our front lawn
sarah sar says
I want to buy some perennials for my back yard…and maybe even a tree!
Josh Siemens says
I would say groceries, but my wife would likely steal it for the garden.
kristen visser says
I would give it to my mom so she can buy things for her garden!!
Some nice flower plants for our garden in front of the house
I would use it to buy some soil and pots for my plants
id buy groceries
Anu Chopra says
I would buy some soil and plants/flowers for my garden!
Alena Belleque says
I would definitely use the $50 gift card to assemble something awesome for my front step. It’s bare and boring, and I NEED color!!!
Mark G says
I would buy a new hose to water my plants
I would buy some more foxglove flowers. I have two plants now and I’d like more. Also, maybe a butterfly bush.
I would love a massive urn to do seasonal planters in.
Ashley s says
Love some colourful plants! I am so far behind in yard work this year!
My garden is in serious need of some bright colours, so I’d probably buy a few really pretty annuals in pink or yellow
Linda aka Crafty Gardener says
I would buy some of their awesome planters.
BobbiJo Pentney says
With a president choice card I would by some Joe’s workout clothing.
Doris H. says
I would buy a plant for the front of the house. The rest I would buy groceries.
ivy pluchinsky says
I would buy some stuff for my garden
emma walpole says
I love the cana lillies s o would buy a few of those and some hostas, building a hosta garden at the side of my house and would love to add some more to it
stephen gordon says
I’d buy some perennials for my existing garden and spread it out more. Thanks for the chance. Cheers
I would buy groceries and stuff for our garden
Debra R says
I may have to do these planters when my new, huge deck gets built next week. I want to keep the planters to a minimum, so this would be perfect, and beautiful!! Thanks for the inspiration.
M Gibb says
Some citronella canles, new pots for my patio
Cheryl P says
I have always wanted a clematis…they are so beautiful. I would also buy some flowers for my Nana and Papa’s gravesite
Chandra Christine O'Connor says
groceries, when is fridge getting low long time till pay day
SUMMER PLEWES says
GROCERIES!! 100 percent!
Brianne Knox says
I would buy a variety of plants to make unique hanging baskets. Love to do geraniums in the middle, then staggered petunias and lobelia around the outside. Colourful and fills out really nicely.
we only shop at loblaws stores so this would go towards groceries or home stuff or clothes for my kids!
emily cocarell says
I need to do something like that for my patio! easy sprucing!
Brandi Y. says
I would put it towards some patio lanterns I’ve been wanting to buy :)
melanie Borhi says
I would buy groceries with this card !
Wanda Bergman says
I would add to my chocolate stash!! :-)
I’d buy items for a BBQ!
Bailey Dexter says
I would love to buy a few more plants both veggie & flowers with a gift card from President’s Choice. I always buy my plants at the local store, I love the quality and the guarantee even tho I never need it.
Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo says
My neighbour created a lovely portable herb garden so I think I’d make that.
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Megan F. says
I kind of hate to say it, but I think I would spend it on groceries. We could really use some groceries to fill our fridge right now.
Michael Hurst says
Jen I’d love to win this for plants this year even though I’m late cause Idid have funds to purchase any yet! Thanks for the chance to win with you!
Renee V says
Some herbs, new clematis, and perennials
Angela SC says
Our gardens could use some new top soil and mulch..
jennifer capin says
Full grown plants! I am having a difficult time with a chipmunk and my flower sprouts…
Wendy Arnott says
This year I needed one of my planters for strawberry plants while I cleaned out the bed and left them in it. The other planter I sprinkled free wildflower seeds into so I didn’t have to buy plants this year. A gift card would go towards fruits and vegetables as I am trying to eat healthier and take better care of myself.
I would purchase citronella and milkweed and some new planters!
Fiona Mullins says
I would buy food for the BBQ!
some new soil for the boxes
Rajbinder Kaur says
I’d buy some planters for the backyard deck & some solar garden lights! Cheers:)
Vivian D says
I’d buy groceries with the gift card.
Dayna Wilson says
Probably some adorable new Joe clothes for the kids.
Renee LeBlanc says
I would def be adding a new DIY potted plans for my front porch! I really want to try one with succulents and flowers!
Karen C. Hill says
I need some new pots from the garden centre – mine are plastic and have cracked. Would love to get some of the sturdy ones!
wow great planters. wish mine turned out that nice
Wendi Maroon says
More plants, of course!
Corry L. says
I’d buy some more herbs for my herb garden and replace my dying cilantro. I’d also buy some cucumber and pepper plants.
Your planter looks lovely! I would buy some pretty annuals to cheer up the garden… Geraniums, petunias, lobelia.
Karry Knisley says
I would buy groceries
Linda Klages says
I could use some more nice planters
Karen Hayes says
I use this gift card to purchase some flowers for my back patio deck, thanks for the chance to win!
Karen Hayes says
I would buy some nice colorful plants for my back patio. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
Kim G. says
I’d buy groceries.
I would get some nice flowers for the garden.
Jennifer P. says
Looks great! We need a new pot, and a base, for beside our door, so that is what I would use the gift card for.
Ronald G says
I would stock up on treats to watch my favorite shows…..heh I’m an old bachelor
Karin Dollery says
I would love to get a lovely hanging plant for outside my door and the rest on groceries.
Casey Miller says
I’d buy stuff to fill our families medicine cabnet
James Robb says
This giveaway is great
I’d buy some new garden pots and flowers. You can never have to many flowers!
Jody D says
The planters I have are more than overdue for an upgrade so this would work great!
With the gift card I would buy some phlox, I love the scent and they will come up each year.
Groceries would be my number one priority.
Some flowers for my house
Cassey C says
I would buy plants and gardening supplies.
Tina L. says
I would buy some herbs.
jess h says
I’d buy some annuals and perennials so that the flowers would bloom into the fall too.
Tanya Calvert says
Something to brighten up my front garden – there’s a whole lot of green in there, but no color
Julie G. says
I’d purchase some new, more modern looking planters.
Carole Dube says
I’d buy some perennials for my gardens.
nikki robak says
Carla B says
some annuals – and a new lawn ornament
Heather, Mmm... is for Mommy says
I’d plant me an herb garden :)
Lori Bazan says
I would love to start my own herb garden and would use towards that!
Debbie W says
I would like some vegetable and herb plants.
Jenni T says
Herbs & groceries
Great ideas and tips, thank you! I would put the gift card to very good use getting some plants!
I’d buy some groceries
Ami L says
some new plants and prob a few groceries ;)
amber y says
I would buy seeds and planting pots for our garden.
Lindsay C says
I would buy a few more herbs… Some thyme, rosemary, chocolate mint, cilantro…
I would buy groceries!
The planters and flowers are beautiful, but I would buy groceries.
I would buy new cushions for my patio chairs
BobbiJo Pentney says
I would love to buy some blueberry plants.
Pretty sure it would go straight to groceries. Or maybe some picnic items, love some of the summer serving items I’ve seen there lately.
Michelle Michaud says
i WOULD BUY SOMETHING SIMPLE FOR MY APT. , I DO NOT HAVE A YARD!
Vanessa Froese says
I love Superstore! President’s Choice all the way!
Dee Schwark says
I would buy an assortment of herbs to make a small herb container garden on my deck…..love using fresh herbs over dried :)
Alayne Langford says
Thank you for the great planter tips Julie!! I would use the gift card to make myself a planter for the front porch which gets the morning sun. I would buy tall grass and a lot of colour, similar to yours! I would also like to buy Lanterns to hold candles in the evening. :)
Id love to buy some flowers for my garden
Suzette Smeltzer says
Would be nice to win a gift card. :)
Suzette Smeltzer says
Would be nice to win a gift card, would buy flowers. :)
We are starting fresh and need new planters to replace our old plastic ones.
Sylvia Mollison says
I would buy some new gardening gloves, planters and plants to fill them!
Ronald G says
Ronald G says
I only help with the gardening….so your tips are much appreciated