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.
It’s a simply endeavour and well-worth the effort!
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