POTS AND PLANTERS
With the last frost safely behind us, the garden centres are brimming with polystyrene’d upright and trailing annual plant varieties for you to plunder.
- Make absolutely sure your plastic planters have drainage holes or puncture them with a drill or failing that a corkscrew(!).
- With terracotta pots ensure that the drainage hole (holes) are covered by either broken “croc” or polysterene to ensure they don’t get blocked by the compost. You can use the polysterene that those bedding plants came in for something useful after all.
- Clump your pots together for mutual shade and there will be less heat stress
- You need to be on top of the watering, especially in the summer – twice daily in summer months and filled to the brim twice!
- Give them an additional treat once every 2 weeks between May and August. To get the best out of the annual bedding plants start them on a high nitrogen fertilizer to promote that leaf growing and then once the flowers start to appear, switch to a high phosphorous solution. I swear by Tomorite and seaweed extract but each to his/her own. If you have many pots, containers/planters, you might even consider adding controlled-release fertilizer granules to your compost.
- Composts: For your annual bedding plants, multipurpose is fine (peat or peat-free). If you are putting shrubs in pots then I would always suggest a soil compost mix like John Innes/Levington 2. If you love the Camellias, Ericas, Rhododendrons and Japanese maples you will need to use ericaceous compost for these acid lovers.
CONTAINER PLANT FAVOURITES
Scented grey pelargoniums
Petunia “Surfinia series”
Dichondra “Silver Falls”
Cosmos bipinnatus “Sonata series”
Impatiens walleriana “Fiesta white”
Rhododendron “Hydon Dawn”
Euonymus “Emerald Gaiety”
Pieris japonica “Flamingo”
Laurus nobilis (Bay Laurel)
Hebe “Silver Queen”
Hydrangea serrata “Bluebird”
Not that keen on planting roses in pots but all achievable if you have the right amount of compost/soil beneath those long vertical roots
Patio types (25cm deep pots)
Climbers require 60cms of compost/earth beneath them
We have had so many requests for planters from customers that we have decided to begin sourcing a variety. We have brushed steel, polycarbonate, plastic, timber, stone, and fiberglass mouldings. We will be developing this side of the business in the Autumn so please watch this space.