A new season is upon us which leaves me asking if you have ever tried container gardening? I am so delighted that we are finally in the midst of spring and I can get outside into the sunshine and plant up some containers ready for a show of color. Today I will also be separating my snowdrops just to indulge in a double spread next year and pruning my rose bushes ready for a spectacular summer show of humungous scent filled buds.
This year I vowed to use more color in my garden. I will do this by practicing the method of container gardening. I spent 2016 exploring which flowers and plants are best for my soil. I steered towards plain/white plants as they were good at the time for an Instagram interior picture! Well, my plan worked as this year I am growing three different varieties of flowers for a few weddings I have been booked for through social media. Not forgetting foliage of course.
Today I am transferring some home grown garden flowers into new pots ready for a floral display of creativity in my garden. I have chosen to plant a new camellia bush in the beautifully designed Duck egg tall cone pot. A camellia is a type of rose and comes in a variety of colors. I adore the blush pink against the exterior of the pot and already have had so many welcoming comments from guests. My Camellia sits gracefully by our Farm house front door and climbs blissfully up the brick wall creating a fond arch of blooms.
Secondly, I opted to use the same pot but in a slightly shorter design at 19cm tall. In a few months time I will be styling a wedding with specially grown cut flower sweet peas. Although I have been growing them from seed it is now time for my peas to be transferred to either the ground or pots. I thought it would be ideal to plant a batch in a Tall cone planter for a number of reasons.
By planting the fully pledged seedlings in the planter means that they can be easily transferred to the venue on the morning of styling. Not only will they look really well presented but the flowers can be freshly cut and will last longer. Sweet peas have a really long root so this tall planter is the perfect space for them to be comfortable and grow!
Almost every flower can be grown in a container and I have found that wild flowers really do cope well when confined to a pot. Container gardening has so many benefits, whether you live in a big space or small, a country garden , flat with a balcony or even a rooftop. Below is an example of how you can add color to an empty or drab corner. The container can also be moved around and displayed in a different area if you wish. If you are thinking about using containers as a method of gardening then you may want to check out a recent post I wrote explaining the benefits of “bulb layering”. just click here!
Better still take a look at some of my versatile terracotta planters from last year by clicking here
Remember to use lots of colors if planting in containers this summer and opt for plants that have had a good headstart if you are buying from a garden center. Great quality compost and a good watering every day will see you through a summer of visual delights in the garden.
See you soon x