Planting a Summer Pot

Summer-flowering plants go on sale from late spring. Arrange them on the ground before buying, to ensure a lively mix of colors, shapes, and heights. Select plants that will flower all summer.

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Summer Variety Planter DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 1

Instead of squashing a large number of shortish plants into a small container, go for a large, wide one. If it is deeper than you need, place an upturned pot in the center to save potting mix. Fill the gap with gravel or crocks.

Shorten Container Depth Using Another PotEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Pour in the potting mix, then arrange the plants in their pots to check the display from all sides. Place those with trailing growth at the edge where the stems will spill over the rim, and the tall, upright ones in the center.

Measure Twice, Plant OnceEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Soak all your plants before planting. Start in the center, working out to the rim. This ensures that you have enough space to plant your dominant plant without snapping off the stems and buds of the shorter ones around the edge.

Plant the Center Plant FirstEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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