Create a Tower of Climbing Annuals

Some feature plants are best grown in pots where they are much easier to view and care for, and you can put them at center stage. These morning glories (Ipomoea purpurea ) grow very quickly from seed sown in the spring.
Morning Glories Grown Quickly from Seeds

Morning Glories Grown Quickly from Seeds

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Containers for Patios

Step 1: Add Supports to Container

Arrange a wigwam of canes or old stems, such as stripped forsythia, around the edge of a container filled with potting mix. The wigwam doesn't need to be very neat—the stems will soon be obscured by the climbing plants.

Container Gardening for Climbing Plants

Container Gardening for Climbing Plants

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2: Tie Supports Together

Tie the tops of the stems together. Then wrap string or raffia around the canes, about halfway up, to strengthen it. After planting, add more at different heights to make it easier for the climbers to spread across the frame.

Tie Bamboo Rods with Raffia Ribbon

Tie Bamboo Rods with Raffia Ribbon

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3: Plant Seedlings

Make planting holes by each support with a trowel or spoon. Remove the seedlings carefully from their pots. Gently pry apart the plants, handling them by their leaves, not the delicate stems. Plant one in each hole.

Seedlings for Climbing Plants

Seedlings for Climbing Plants

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4: Water and Watch Them Grow

Firm all the plants in the soil, then water well. You may find it necessary to add an extra circle of twigs to help train the climbers onto the canes, and to stop them from climbing in the wrong direction.

Water and Train Climbers

Water and Train Climbers

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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