Today I am back with a how-to post on creating great container pots. I will show you the steps I use in creating great looking container pots.
I love using container flower pots on my porch, they can bring so much color to your front porch, patio,deck or stairs. I use these containers below. They are tall about 21 inches high, and the top diameter is about 14 1/2 inches wide. Which makes for a good planting area. They are also lightweight which makes for easy moving. Plus they fit well on smaller porches, stairs or entryways. Perfect for my small porch.
I’ve had these planters a couple of years. They are from the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart. I went online to see if could find them again, but I didn’t see them. You can get similar container pots elsewhere. I talked about a similar one in this post if you want to check it out.
Okay, let’s get started planting.
First, I start with putting a layer of gravel in the bottom. This particular pot didn’t have a drainage hole so I used the gravel instead. If your pot has drainage holes, you can skip this step.
Since these planters are tall and would require a lot of soil, I am going to show you what I do instead of filling my pot completely with potting soil. First, I add some bubble wrap on top of the gravel. I know…sounds a little crazy….wait until my next step.
Next, I put my used pots that my flowers came in down in the container……I know….it sounds crazy but it works and it will also keep your container pot from being too heavy to move around. Since this is a tall planter, you can do this. However, if your container is not as tall, I don’t recommend it. Even after doing that, I still have about 10-12 inches of space that will need potting soil. Which leaves plenty of room for the roots to expand.
The next step is putting soil in your container. Like I say in all my planting posts, always use a good soil for your flowers and plants. I like the Miracle-Gro Potting Mix. It has fertilizers built into the mix so you don’t have to do anything. I have used this soil many years and I love it. I got mine at Lowe’s but it’s available at many places including your local hardware or garden store.
Also, as I have said in the past, don’t use garden soil. It is too heavy and will not allow air flow for your flowers to grow.
Now it is time for the flowers. I use a variety of flowers in my container pots, but if you want to make it easier you could just purchase a hanging basket. Take it out of the original pot and put into your container pot and voila! You have an instant container pot. But if you are like me and like to use a variety of flowers then follow along on how I plant my container pot.
Step 1 – Thrillers
These are flowers that will be planted in the middle of the container. The ones I used in this step are Geraniums and Dracena. These give the container height and volume.
Step 2 – Fillers
Then I add the filler flowers around the thriller flowers. For this step I used Begonias, Calibrachoa singles and Calibrachoa doubles.
I like for everything to look full and grown out. So I plant everything really close together. For individual bedding flowers like the begonias, I removed them all from their container and then brushed off some of the dirt surrounding them and then bunched them together so they look like one plant which creates a greater impact when planted together.
Step 3 – Spillers
This is the last step in the planting process. This is where you can add some trailing flowers or vines to your container pot. I chose to add Vinca vine, English Ivy and Pursulane. All of these are trailing plants and will give your container some drama.
I like for my pots to look full and grown out. I don’t like to wait for them to grow out. I want instant gratification. Plus, I have found out if you don’t do this, by the time your flowers grow out, the season is gone.
That’s it. Now water your container pots thoroughly and place where you can enjoy them all summer.
Below are the flowers and vines I used in these pots if you want to get the same ones. I also used English Ivy but it didn’t have a tag in it.
If you would like to plant a hanging basket instead of a container pot or in addition to your container pots, check out my post on the secrets to planting a great hanging basket here.
I will be back soon with a front porch makeover post which will feature these container pots and more.
I would love to hear what flowers you enjoy during the summer.
I will be happy to answer any questions you have.
(This was not a sponsored post. All the opinions and suggestions are mine)