logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Home Improvement
Women's Fashion
Small Office/Home Office
History
Tennis
Holiday/Seasonal Cooking
Crafts for Kids


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g English Garden Site

BellaOnline's English Garden Editor

g

Planting combinations


Repurposing an old item for a flower container is a great way to add English flair to your garden. Try an old crock, a galvanized bucket, a stone sink, a chimney pot, or any unusual item that you might find in your attic, garage, or a flea market. Unique containers add personality and focal points to your garden. You can also fit a pot inside a willow or wicker basket. Add a little moss around the edges to create a cottage garden look.

Itís crucial to make sure your container has good drainage. Plants will not survive in standing water. If there are no holes in the bottom of the container, drill a few so that water drains out easily.
Next use a good potting mix with fertilizer or compost to get your plants off to a good start.
Planting combinations.
Think beyond annuals and add bulbs and perennials to your containers. Save money by digging some up from your garden and potting them. Try to combine plants with large leaves and plants with grassy leaves for a good contrast. Add small plants around the edges to fill in the gaps and drape over the sides of your containers.

In spring, combine spring flowering bulbs such as miniature daffodils, crocus, iris or hyacinths with pansies and primroses. These all come in the traditional spring colors of yellow and purple. You can also try Lenten Roses, aka Hellebores, with spring flowering bulbs. Another classic combination is pink tulips with blue Forget-me-nots.

For the late spring and summer, try Alchemilla mollis or Lady's mantle with its large, lime-green leaves and yellow flowers, with small Nemesia or lobelia peeking out around the edges. Or add Sweet Williams, blue and pink Cornflowers and Canterbury bells.
Another idea would be to plant Nemesia with Alchemilla mollis and pinks and dot a few violas at the front. If you want to add height, use willow branches to make a support and train sweet peas, morning glory, or roses up them. Add some short plants around the bottom to fill in. Feverfew looks good grown in smaller pots but grouped together for massed effect. The Swan River daisies (Brachyscome) look good with pot marigolds. In autumn, remove any flowers that are starting to slump, and add some chrysanthemums or asters.

Containers look best in groups of three or more. Experiment with different sizes of containers for maximum interest. Place the bigger ones in the back and make sure you can reach them for watering and deadheading.
Most containers should be watered daily until the water runs through the drainage holes. Deadhead the flowers as they fade to encourage more blooms.
Follow these tips and youíll have containers that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Add Planting+combinations to Twitter Add Planting+combinations to Facebook Add Planting+combinations to MySpace Add Planting+combinations to Del.icio.us Digg Planting+combinations Add Planting+combinations to Yahoo My Web Add Planting+combinations to Google Bookmarks Add Planting+combinations to Stumbleupon Add Planting+combinations to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the English Garden Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2015 by Carol Chernega. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Carol Chernega. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Carol Chernega for details.

g


g features
English Garden Shrub Jigsaw Puzzle

Hollyhocks -Traditional Cottage Garden flowers

Climbing Sweet Peas

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2015 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor