Tuesday, July 19, 2011
One important thing to remember with planters is drainage is very important. A planter can quickly become a fishbowl without the existence of good drainage. I typically fill the bottom half or so of my planter with gravel or broken up Styrofoam, then a layer of fabric, then around six to eight inches of soil on top of the fabric for planting. This helps keep the soil from washing into the drainage hole and cloging it up.
Purple Fountain Grass, Elephant ears, Taro, Cannas, Millet, and even indoor plants such as Crotons and Dracenas! If your a fan of vegetables, maybe a tomato plant will bring your kitchen some joy! Follow your center piece with some fillers, such as begonias, zinnias, or any upright plant that will fit your planting location. The outer edge of your planter should be saved for your spill over varieties. Fill this edge with Wave petunias, Sweet potato vine, or any time of trailing plant. If your container is beautiful and of interest, maybe only plant a few trailing plants so your container can peak through the foliage.
Watering is the next step to a successful planter. Fertilizer is also an important step. Organic fertilizers once a month with really get your container growing. Osmocote, or any slow release fertilizer is another great addition, but it must be added to the soil prior to planting.
Posted by Dan Porter at 7:24 AM