It's the most wonderful time of year...it's
garden season! Let's get our flower pots
planted, and our gardens growing!
This year, I have decided to put all of my
gardening efforts into a container garden
on my backyard deck. I have planted 15
assorted pots around my deck space —
flowers, herbs and shrubs — all right
outside my back door.
The great thing about container gardening
is that anyone can do it, no matter their
space or gardening experience. If you live
in an apartment, add planter boxes on
your balcony. If you're in the city, decks
make the perfect space for container
Container gardens are a wonderful and easy way to enjoy gardening, and garden centres are making
container gardening easier than ever with tons of great plant options. If you want to put together your
own flower pots the possibilities are endless, but if you want pre-planted flower pots, you can
have those too.
To have your best garden yet, I'm sharing some ideas to put together beautiful planters, plus tips
and tidbits to keep your flowers blooming and beautiful all summer long!
Plant what you like, how you like it, and have fun. Our summers are so short so we need to savour
The possibilities for beautiful pots are endless!
You can group plants in your pots by colour or by
flower type; you can plant shrubs or even perennials
in them too.
When putting your pots togeather, keep the Thriller,
Filler and Spiller rule in mind.
A thriller plant is your big, bold and beautiful
centrepiece flower or grass. These are plants like
ornamental grasses, dahlias, dracaenas, and
The fillers are plants that fill in the space between the
thriller and spiller plants, and compliment the thriller
plant without overwhelming it. Examples of these
types of plants are petunias, geraniums, calibrachoa,
biddens and coleus.
The spiller plant is placed at the edge of the pot, and
spills over the side of the container. These are plants
like trailing verbena, bacopa, lobelia, or potato vines
Keeping the gardening rule in mind is really handy
when you are deciding what to plant in your containers.
It's easy to keep your flowers growing and blooming
with a little consistent care. The key is to fertilize and
I fertilize my flowers once a week with
Plant Prod Ultimate Tomato & Vegetable Fertilizer,
which was a great garden tip given to me by a Lowe's
expert. My plants have never looked more healthy
and robust since I started using this fertilizer ratio,
and it's only the beginning of summer, so I can't wait to
see how amazing they'll be as the season progresses.
It's also really important to deadhead your plants.
Removing spent flowers and foliage promotes growth
and more flowers, which is what you want.
Deadheading will keep your plants blooming
Think outside the classic planter pot and look for
unique containers to display your flowers. Really
anything goes, but here are some ideas:
1. Ask a Lowe's expert: The
Lowe's Garden Centre staff are
a great resource. They are
knowledgeable and very helpful,
and can assist with all of your
questions on which plants to
buy, which fertilizers to use,
what plants look great together,
and so much more!
2. Pick convenient pre-planted
flower containers: In the
Lowe's Garden Centre, you can
find all kinds of pre-planted
flowers in ready-to-enjoy
containers of different colours
and materials. All you have to
do take them home and find the
perfect space on your deck to
place them! I bought two pink
planters and I just love them!
3. Choose pre-mixed
container-ready flowers to
easily transfer into your own
pots: These are great options
that take the guesswork out of
planting! Pre-mixed flowers
come in many different varieties
and colours so you won't have
any trouble finding just the right
ones. Take them home and
place them into your own pots
to enjoy right away. So easy