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Summer Container Gardening Inspiration

Summer Container Gardening Inspiration Summer Container Gardening Inspiration

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Get inspired with fun, easy DIY projects and ideas for your home. This project and all opinions are
from Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs in partnership with
Lowe's Canada.

Summer Container Gardening Inspiration
Summer Container Gardening Inspiration

It's the most wonderful time of'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

3 Steps To Create Fabulous Container Garden Flower Combinations

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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.

11 Inspirational Ideas for Beautiful Planter Arrangements

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  1. Try a pot full of petunias and bacopa, my favourite
    planter combination. Pink petunias with white
    bacopa or purple petunias with light purple bacopa
    are my top picks. (Purple petunias smell the best,

  2. Consider petunias with trailing verbena, which look
    really nice as well! Red petunias with purple verbena
    or pink petunias with white and pink verbena —
    so pretty!

  3. Keep in mind, like mini petunias, calibrachoa
    (or million bells) are a very popular variety right now.
    They come in plenty of gorgeous colours, so you
    can really have fun with them.

  4. Add geraniums around a grass plant at the centre
    of your flower pot along with creeping jenny to
    make a classic and beautiful planter.

  5. Mix geraniums, lobelia, and calibrachoa (or million
    bells) for another stunning combination.

  6. Blend lavatera, dianthus, petunias, and bacopa for a
    lovely look (see image).

  7. Choose herbs and pansies, which grow well together
    and make a charming planter!

  1. Plant a shallow pot full of different succulents.

  2. Create a planter that features your favourite perennial. A pot of perennial lavender looks amazing!
    Hostas also make great statement planters!

  3. Discover how vegetables and flowers mix well together, too. I like to plant tomatoes and marigolds
    in the same pot — not only does this look attractive, but marigolds bring bees, which pollinate the
    tomato plant.

  4. For fun, I like to sneak in little unexpected plants like evening scented stock or violas into my
    flower pots. They add a nice visual touch, and the stock adds an amazing scent!
Summer Container Gardening Inspiration

Additional tips to maintain your container garden

It's easy to keep your flowers growing and blooming
with a little consistent care. The key is to fertilize and
deadhead regularly.

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
all summer.

7 Creative DIY Alternatives To Traditional Flower Pots

7 Creative DIY Alternatives To Traditional Flower Pots

Think outside the classic planter pot and look for
unique containers to display your flowers. Really
anything goes, but here are some ideas:

  1. Wooden wine crates or boxes: Line a wine box
    with plastic, then fill it with your favourite flowers or
    herbs. I like to fill mine with petunias, calibrachoa,
    and coleus.

  2. Antique grain bins look gorgeous with flowers
    planted in them.

  3. Old cookie jars — just drill drainage holes into the

  4. Burlap pots: You can find some great ones like the
    tomato pot. I love these pots because not only are
    they adorable, but they're so easy to move around,

  5. Vintage tool boxes look delightful packed with

  6. Metal wash tubs are excellent for a small herb

  7. Self-watering pots — my favourite planters this
    year. They're classic and look wonderful with all of
    my deck decor.

3 Quick Ways To Get The Most From Your Local Garden Centre

Ask a Lowe's expert

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!

Pick convenient pre-planted flower containers

2. Pick convenient pre-planted
flower containers:
In the
Lowe's Garden Centre, you can
find all kinds of pre-planted
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!

Choose pre-mixed container-ready flowers to easily transfer into your own pots

3. Choose pre-mixed
container-ready flowers
easily transfer into your own
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
and pretty!

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