In three simple steps each year I choose plants to create a container garden that will bloom beautifully throughout the New York summer.
Before choosing plants I prepare my pots. I reuse these pots each year. They're plastic, but have the look of ceramic. They eliminate the worry of cracking and chipping pots. When choosing your own pots the most important thing is to make sure that there is adequate drainage. Once filled with good quality soil they're ready to go.
And now on to the planting. I like low maintenance plants that will bloom and add color thoughout the summer. Through the years I have found plants that work for me each year. Depending on your climate and the amount of sun in your yard, you may find that certain plants will work better for you than others.
Step 1. The Thriller. This plant is the centerpiece of the container garden. I choose a plant that grows tall to be the focalpoint of the planter.
Step 2. The Spiller. Around the edges of the planter I place spiller plants. These plants will grow and cascade over the sides of the planter over time.
Step 3. The Filler. This is where I add color and fill in the empty spaces of the planter. I love gerbera daisies. They do well in my full sun backyard.
I group several pots together for greater impact. They are placed in the corner of my patio and act to soften the edges and add color.
Don't forget that you can still link your outdoor plant and flower projects at Satori Design for Living and tomorrow there is a link party for outdoor decorating at Amanda Carol at Home.
See you all tomorrow with my outdoor decorating project!