For my container garden I chose zinnias, hibiscus, sweet potato vine and lobelia (I think those are the little purple ones). The zinnias are tall and the sweet potato vine and lobelia will spread nicely as the plants grow. I also decided on a square black pot since it matches the style of our home and porch railing.
Create a mock up of your planter to see where to place the different flowers. In my mock up you can see that all of the plants are still in their containers so I can change them around to see how different options will look.
When you’ve decided where to place your flowers in the pot, fill up around half of the pot with potting soil. Then spread the plant food on top of the potting soil.
Once the new container is prepared, take the flowers out of their small containers carefully. I find the best way to do this is by turning the flower upside down, holding the stem of the flower between your fingers and then gently squeezing the plastic and taking the plant out of the pot.
When the plant is out of the pot, gently separate the roots a bit at the bottom. Then place the plants in the container where you ultimately want them to be.
Once you’ve placed your plants in the pot fill the rest of the pot with the remaining soil. Make sure to check all of the different corners to see if they’re full. Once you’ve filled up the pot with soil, give the plants a good watering so they can settle into their new home.
Keep a close eye on your container garden. Depending on how hot and dry your location is you may need to water your flowers once a day to keep them healthy and happy.
Do you enjoy planting? What are your favourite flowers to use?