How to give your Garden a 60 Minute Makeover for a Colourful Summer Display!
How To Create A Colourful Garden Display
Answer These 4 Questions
Do you love to see a colourful garden in the summertime?
Do you feel that your garden could use a bit of a makeover?
Are you unsure how to go about creating a colourful summer display?
Are you limited for time?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this challenge is for you!
The 60 Minute Garden Makeover
In 60 minutes or less, you can create beautiful pots for your garden similar to the ones I have illustrated in my photographs.
My 60 minute garden makeover even includes a 10 minute coffee break so that you may sit and admire your work!
First, let’s go shopping...
- 2 x 50 Litre bags of Potting Compost
- 7 x Pots or Tubs (see below for buying tips)
- 2 x Goldcrest minature conifers
- 1 x Tray of 18 Pansies or small Pansies (Viola)
- 6 x Busy Lizzy
- 6 x Mixed Petunia (available in subtle or vivid colours)
- 6 x Trailing Lobelia (I recommend the dark blue variety)
Tips for Buying Your Pots or Tubs
When deciding on what kind of tubs to purchase, you will need to consider your budget, and also what “look” suits your own personal taste. Your choices for pots will generally be categorized as:-
- Terracotta Clay Pots: look great, heavy duty, can be expensive
- Enamel Pots: mid-priced, come in variety of colors and designs
- Plastic Tubs or Pots: cheapest option yet still look great, you may need to drill a couple of holes in the bottom for drainage
The plastic tubs I have used in my photos measure:
- 22 inches long
- 8 inches high
- 8 inches wide
The pots I have used in my photos measure:
- 12 inches high
- 12 inches wide
You can always use smaller or larger tubs or pots; simply plant more or less plants accordingly.
A Step by Step guide
Step # 1
Lay out your 7 pots or tubs and think about which plants would work best in each of your pots. You will have enough plants to plant the following:
2 pots/tubs containing: 1 Goldcrest minature conifer with 2 pansy plants each side
2 pots containing: 4 Pansy plants
3 pots containing: 2 Busy Lizzy plants, 2 Petunias, 2 Trailing Lobelia
You can also use my photos as examples to help you make your choices.
Step # 2
Take each plant out of its container: either push the plant up from the bottom of the container, or (supporting the plant at the bottom of the stem at soil level between your fingers) tip the pot upside down and tap the bottom of the pot. This will loosen the plant and you can ease it out gently without damaging the plant or roots.
Step # 3
Sharing out the plants between the pots, lay each one next to its “assigned pot”, ready for planting.
Step # 4
Scatter a few stones or pebbles in the bottom of your pots; this will really help the drainage.
Step # 5
Put plenty of compost in your tubs, at least three quarters full.
Step # 6
With a trowel, make a hole for your first plant, so that the edge of the hole is approximately 1 inch from the rim of your pot. Position your plant in the hole, and then decide if you need to add more soil or make your hole deeper.
Step # 7
Place your plant in the hole and then firmly press the soil down all around it.
Repeat the above 7 steps for each of your plants and pots.
TIP: Don’t be tempted to over plant your pots, because your plants will begin to grow and spread in just a matter of days.
You’re Almost Done!
When all of your plants are planted in their pots, give them a good watering and then position them around your garden in places that you and your visitors and enjoy and admire.
Your Pansy and Busy Lizzy pots will flourish in shady or sunny areas.
Petunias like a bit of shade and last longer when kept out of direct or bright sunlight.
I recommend feeding your plants with a good plant feed once a week (available from all good Garden Centres). Always remember to dead-head your plants to encourage new buds.
Your beautiful pots of flowers will reward you with months of colour throughout the summer.
Now, how about that cup of coffee? You can sit and enjoy your work!
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