Palladio Garden’s Cash Williams shows us how to make our own container gardens using a container, soil, and some colorful flowers from your local garden center. In six easy steps, you’ll be able to show off your green thumb and add some greenery to your garden. The best part of a container garden is you can place them anywhere inside or outside, you can hang them on your fence, or brighten up your patio or balcony, you don’t even need a patch of earth to start!
See below for the six steps to make your own container garden.
Step 1: Gather your supplies: a container with holes at the bottom (Palladio has some great and colorful choices!), soil full of nutrients ( Miracle Grow works), and a variety of short, tall, full and cascading flowers or herbs. If your container is deep, you can save some soil by using Styrofoam at the bottom. And if you want to make sure soil doesn’t spill out of the bottom hole, use a layer of paper towel or newspaper!
Step 2: Pick your center piece. We went with a bright pink Geranium but you could also try other warm-weather annuals that bloom all summer.
Step 3: Dig a hole finger-depth deep in the center of your container. You can use a small garden shovel but don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and use your hands!
Step 4: Plant your center piece and choose two new plants to go right beside it. (We went with Pink Splash because they’ll grow big and have great foliage to fill up the container.)
Step 5: Work your way around the container alternating colors and heights. We like to keep the arrangement symmetrical so when flowers grow, you will see achieve a balanced design. For color we used petunias, for plants that spill over we used Verbena, and for height we used Lobelia.
Step 6: Place your container in a spot that needs some colorful plant life and water it according to how much sun it’s getting and what the plants need. (Sometimes it’s easy to place the container in it’s resting spot before planting because it can get heavy. But it will get messy so choose what works best for you.) Be sure to feed and water your container garden regularly and keep it looking fresh.
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