Here are some plant ideas to get you started:
Good choices are:
Add "filler" plants to complete your gorgeous planter arrangement. Fillers can add in complementary colours, interesting foliage, or long-lasting blooms to elevate the design. They are mid-sized plants with strong foliage that act as a background to the other elements.
Look for fillers with a different colour, height, or shape than your thriller, such as:
You can choose any combination of perennials, annuals, herbs, or even fruits and vegetables for an outdoor planter arrangement. Many annuals are well-suited for container gardening, but when branching out with perennials, look for “dwarf” or “container” notation on the labels, as those plants are meant to thrive in containers.
Tip: If you have a lot of planter arrangements to create, you can make your container mix at home with one part perlite, two parts peat moss, and four parts well-rotted compost.
Container gardens have limited space for soil and no natural critters rooting around in the dirt. While that might sound ideal, bacteria, microbes, worms, and bugs offer great benefits in keep soil healthy and nutritious for plants.
Once you have created the right soil, add a slow-release container-specific organic fertilizer and mix it in well. Throughout the growing season, water the plants with a dilute fertilizer mixture that will keep them fed and happy all season long.
With these easy steps, you will be well on your way to becoming a master of
container gardening in no time. For just an afternoon with your hands in the soil,
you will be rewarded with a whole season of beauty to enjoy.
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