Build Your Perfect Planter in 3 Steps
Summer is practically here, which means it’s time to freshen up your outdoor spaces. Stop by the Garden Center to pick up everything you need, then follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to building your perfect planter:
1. Pick a Vessel
When selecting a planter, it’s important to consider what your plants will need from their new home. Plastic planters are non-breakable, easy to clean and low in cost, but might not be appropriate for plants that require a lot of drainage. Terracotta planters are ideal for plants that require a slower release of moisture, as the material likes to absorb water. Ceramic vessels are heavy, sturdy and generally have built-in drainage, making it a great choice for an outdoor planter.
2. Lay a Base
Now that you have your new home selected, it’s time to start filling your planter. Choose a soil mix that fits with the needs of your plant. Most outdoor flowers benefit from peat moss-rich dirt. A layer of mulch or rocks at the bottom of your planter can help the soil to drain. When adding soil, keep the dirt loose enough that the new roots of your plants can easily grow and anchor themselves.
3. Add Your Plants
Now you’re ready to add your flowers and greenery! When choosing plants, pick ones that enjoy the same level of sun; for example, avoid mixing sun-loving plants with those that love shade. You’ll also want to pair plants that like the same level of moisture, too. Don’t overcrowd your pot—leave your plants plenty of room to grow. Once your flowers are planted in the soil, add a final layer of mulch to help keep your soil damp and firmly in place.
Garden Center Growing Tips
Leave Room to Grow
While it may be tempting to stuff your planters to the brim with beautiful blooms, remember that you’ll want your flowerpots to look pretty all summer long, so you’ll need to give those flowers some room to breathe. If packed too tightly, your plants could get stressed and suffer. Space flowers a few inches apart when planting.
Annuals vs. Perennials
Depending on what you want out of your plants, you’ll want to be mindful about what type of flower you choose. Annuals will only last for one growing season, while perennials will last much longer. Annuals will go through their whole lifecycle over the summer, blooming and dying all in one season. The perennial life cycle is much longer, 3-5 years, and can generally withstand all four seasons. While they are pricier than annuals, the payoff lasts much longer.
Before your put your flowers in the dirt, make sure that you’re pairing plants that enjoy the same level of sunshine. Some plants thrive in full sun, while others prefer shade. Pay attention to what level of sunshine you place your planter in and give your plants a leg-up by putting them in their favorite sunny spot.