I love the idea of having a versatile garden and easy living throughout the summer and even though I am a keen amateur gardener I lack patience and love to view my flowers in full bloom or at least take the opportunity of a head start.
When spring arrived I did grow a lot of goodies from seed including my sweet pea but as I am spending more and more time in the garden entertaining I am finding myself with the urge to be creative and use every inch of space possible to display my new love of flower arranging in the garden.
So I decided to make use of my spare terracotta pots and create some Color in a pot. Having pots full of flowers mean that I can move them around and be more creative with my displays. Sometimes we like to dine in different parts of the garden so I can easily create a desired mood of an evening or luncheon.
We just bought our Four year old a swiss cottage playhouse for her bitrthday and currently my pots are placed on her porch!
So here is a simple and cost effective guide on how to create a garden in a pot.
You will need several pots in whichever material you wish. I like to keep my presentation matching using terracotta in my farmhouse garden, yet my sister has a mixture of turquoise, deep blues and wicker in her cottage garden so whichever suits your theme. Just check that your pots have adequate drainage which means holes i the bottom.
Good quality compost.
Our local garden centre opens a drive through compost station during the summer months. This is a genius, time saving idea.
I chose to use perennials which means I can reuse and re plant in boarders for next year and I also chose to purchase from a local flower nursery to save money and collect fresher plants.
Once you have all your materials lay your pots out and plants in front of you and make a plan. For instance if you plant your tallest plants around the edge they will over power the centre piece of the flower pot so be sure to plant tallest flowers at the back of the pot and a little deeper in the soil too.
Shorter plants are better placed at the front or around the edges.
I hope you enjoy my displays. Tip: Lavender and mint mixed with colorful blooms produce a fantastic aroma.