Cottage-Style Container Gardens

Enjoy these beautiful containers on the patio or place them in the landscape.

Font
  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends

x

All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.

Refresh

Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail

Success!

A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Pastel Pot

Compact versions of cottage-garden perennials grow well in pots, where they make a looser and more natural alternative to tender bedding plants.

Materials

wide pot
broken clay pot pieces
soil-based potting mix
slow-release fertilizer granules
plants

Used in this project:
carex 'Ice Dance'
delphinium
purple betony (Stachys officinalis) 'Hummelo'
veronica 'Rosenrot'

Steps

1. Place broken clay pot pieces over the holes in the base of the container, then half-fill it with soil. Plant the delphinium toward the back and arrange the other, lower-growing plants, in front. Fill around them with more soil, and mix in slow-release fertilizer granules. Water the plants well.

2. With the correct care, this can be a long-lasting container that flowers year after year. In early spring, remove all dead growth to make way for the new spring shoots. At the same time, remove the top layer of soil, and replace with fresh soil mixed with fertilizer granules.

3. Divide the plants every two years, more frequently if needed. Lift the plants out of the pot and use your hands to tease sections apart. Discard any old or weak clumps, then replant the healthiest offsets into fresh soil with some fertilizer.

12Next »

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

We Recommend...

Q&A: Cold-Climate Bulbs

Q&A: Cold-Climate Bulbs

Can bulbs survive the winter (and chinooks) in a pot?

Tropical Container Arrangement

Tropical Container Arrangement

Plant a large, lush container and you'll easily turn your ordinary patio into a tropical escape.

Silver Container Arrangement

Silver Container Arrangement

Make your patio shimmer with this beautiful silver arrangement.

Advertisement

HGTV Outdoors Newsletter

Find out how to make the most of patios, decks and all your outdoor areas, plus tips from master gardeners for beautiful flower beds and bountiful vegetable gardens.