How to give your Garden a 60 Minute Makeover for a Colourful Summer Display!

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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...

Shopping List

  • 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.

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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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daisyjae 5 years ago from Canada

This is beautiful, i wish i had the money to do something like this! Rated up & awesome!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I have a hanging planter that I need to do yet. These are beautiful.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi daisyjae, nice to meet you, if you're working to a budget, try a small 25 litre bag of compost, 2 plastic tubs and just 6-8 pansy plants, they will still give you a lovely colourful display,thanks for dropping by and rating up and hope you manage to plant some pots!


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland

I'm so envious of what you've created. Your container look really amazing. They would cheer up any garden. It's so wet here, noting is really coming up so well.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Barbara, I am hoping to get my hanging planters done at the weekend as well, looks like summer is here, a busy time in the garden! happy gardening and thanks for your comments.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sangre, hope the weather improves in Ireland for you soon, we desperately need rain here! thanks for dropping by and your lovely comments, have a great weekend.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the information and the lovely pictures! I love the colors and the beautifully sharp close-up photos. The flowers look so cheerful.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi AliciaC, I always think pansys are a 'happy' flower violas produce such a profusion of flowers, guaranteed to make you smile! Thanks for your comments and have a great day!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Great tips, Movie Master. Thank you! And, of course, awesome photos. Voted up and across!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dexter, always great to see you in my garden! thanks for calling in and your lovely words.


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GracieLake 5 years ago from Arizona

You have a great eye for this. Thanks for the inspiring pics!


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

All these flowers are beautiful. Nice suggestion listed above. I have to admire other peoples plants. It's amazing after being raised on a farm and having multiple gardens every year a snake plant has a short life under my care. My mother can grow anything. She watches over her plants like children. That talent wasn't passed on to me.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Very beautiful garden ideas. Great photo illustrations.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi GracieLake, thanks for the compliment, I always enjoy planting the tubs for summer. Take care, thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mimi, I love what you said about your mother, she sounds like me, ah well even if you don't grow your own, you can enjoy your mothers plants! and you are welcome to drop by here any time and enjoy mine! Thank you so much for your comments, I really do appreciate them.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mcbirdbks, Glad you like my planting ideas for summer and thanks for the photo compliment. Have a great weekend.


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

Great hub Movie Master! I love your arrangements and choice of flowers. Lovely pictures too. Gardening is such a rewarding activity. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi A Creative Thinker, glad you like the arrangements and flowers, I think the Viola is a very underated flower, it just keeps on flowering and the colours are just lovely! thanks for your comments.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

This sounds like a wonderful idea for anyone looking to start a garden, or just spruce up their old one.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi SweetiePie, yes it's a great result for little time and effort, thank you so much for dropping in and your comments, have a great day!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I just love this! I am passionate about gardening and love to plant in containers. You have given me some good ideas. I'm a huge fan! :)vocalcoach


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi vocalcoach, I'm glad you like the ideas, the violas have spread and are even more colourful now than when I took the photos, so they are giving huge pleasure, happy planting! have a great weekend and see you soon!


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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

What a beautiful hub! Loved the container gardening concept and here where the heat is so intense, it's usually the besy option. Great article!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi DIYweddingplanner, great to see you here, glad you enjoyed the hub, enjoy your day and hope you try the containers out!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is a really helpful hub. I love the photos, by the way. What beautiful flowers!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jeannieinabottle, I'm glad you found the hub helpful, if you're a bit short of time, it's a quick and easy way to get some instant colour in your garden, and gives the impression you have been slaving away for hours! thanks for your comments, take care and have a great day.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Great tips and ideas. Thanks for sharing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Becky, hope you find the tips and ideas useful, thanks for calling in.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Movie Master, beautiful photos. It's amazing how mixing different plants and flowers really dress up a setting. Wonderful job. Rated up and awesome.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi KKG,it's great to see you here today, all these plants seem to mix really well, the viola have really spread and are even more colourful now than when I took the photos! Thank you for your great comments and voting up, see you soon!


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sofs 5 years ago

Lovely pictures there Movie master and wonderful tips to brighten your garden. God Bless :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sofs, it's a nice easy way to add lots of colour to your garden with minimum effort!! thanks for calling in, have a great day and see you soon!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I love flowers and this hub certainly does them all a justice;truly beautiful and a vote up up and away plus a bookmark into my favourite hubs.

Take care my friend and have a great day.

Eddy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eddy, it's nearly that time of year again to plant the pots, it's surprising what you can do in a short time!

Glad you enjoyed it, many thanks for your comments, take care and see you soon, Lesley


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Summer gardening summer is quite fun because the season makes possible for different kinds of vegetation.

Your tips are very useful.

Pictures are awesome.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Vinaya, I always look forward to and enjoy planting my pots for the summer, they transform the garden with instant colour!

Glad you enjoyed reading and thank you for your comments, best wishes Lesley


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snigdha.s 4 years ago from India,mumbai

This is simply Beautiful. I am falling short of appropriate adjectives.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi snigdha.s it's nice to meet you, thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Princessa 4 years ago from France

Beautiful and just on time as I am starting to clear last year's pots ready for revamping them for the coming spring. Your flowers are inspiring!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

Beautiful! It's been so warm here this week that I'm tempted to plant flowers, but I know it's way too soon. So I'm bookmarking this to revisit in a couple of months. I love the lime green and purple color combination in the first photo, especially.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Princessa, yes me too - this is one of my favourite things to do in the garden, I get enormous pleasure from planting the pots and hanging baskets, I think it's because you get an 'instant' result!!

Thank you for your lovely comments, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Deborah, I planted these tubs last year and they flowered until October, I was so pleased with them - 60 minutes work that was well worth while!

Thank you for your comments and bookmarking, best wishes Lesley


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

The photos are simply beautiful and would entice anyone to want such a pretty garden including me.

Have a nice day!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello LadyLyell, thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments, they are much appreciated, enjoy your weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Londonlady 4 years ago

My mother would absolutely love this hub! I will email this to her. Great job!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Londonlady, thank you for visiting and your lovely comments, I'm glad you enjoyed reading, I hope your mother does too!

Best wishes Lesley


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Aawww. . . I truly admire your beautiful flower pots! I'll send a plane over right away. So pack your garden gear, and get yourself over to Greece! I'll reward you with bright sunshine while you give my neglected flower pots a make over. . . I'll make the coffee, or do you prefer tea? LOl!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Adding colorful annuals to a garden or flowerbeds looks like a great way to instantly brighten up the areas. I also love to use pots of annuals on my patio and porch for spots of color. The pots are easy to move around and have the added benefit of attracting butterflies and humming birds. Your step-by-step was very helpful! Voted up!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

Those are such beautiful pictures! Other than some wild flower seeds, I don't think I have every personally planted any flowers.

Voted up and useful!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi SanneL, my trowel is packed ready!!! I'm on my way get the kettle on, I like my coffee good and strong please LOL

I wish it was possible!

Many thanks for your great comments, enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Stephanie, I also like using pots on the patio, I like the fact they are mobile - I am forever moving them around and changing my mind as to where I want them!!

Thank you for visiting, your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Natashalh, I hope you try planting some pots, if you plant annuals or bedding plants you get instant colour for little work and it lasts all summer!

Many thanks for visiting, your comments and votes it's much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States

A colorful garden is welcoming; I believe I can do this on a budget. Voted up.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Brinafr3sh, I agree it's lovely to see a colourful garden and it's surprising how much you can do to make a difference on a budget!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


SEO Melbourne 4 years ago

Easy to read, interesting and easy to understand. What more do you want from a topic-specific article? Thanks for sharing!SEO Melbourne


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wow! Your flower pots looked extremely pretty! Your steps are clearly explained. Your pot tips are handy. I have few plant pots but only greenery and no flowers. I like to add colors to my tiny garden. I will look upon your hub as my guidance. A well-written & helpful hub! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up, Socially Shared & will pin.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi SEO, thank you for stopping by and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi ishwaryaa22, thank you for your comments, I'm so pleased you have enjoyed reading and found the article useful.

Many thanks also for your votes, share and pin they are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley

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