My backyard is my own little summer oasis. It has to be! After all, in the summer months it’s a true extension of my little Cape Cod home. Often, when I have a visitor, they ask, “How do you get your pots to look so professional?” I didn’t know they looked professional, but OK - thank you!
Think it’s too late for this year because all your stuff is planted?! NO WAY - it’s the perfect time to try out something new because annuals are dirt cheap right now, and they’ll be even cheaper in a week.
What’s my secret? It’s really no secret at all.
1. Don’t let something new scare you - Step outside of the same old things your mom used to plant every year so you plant every year. Walk around the flower shop and when you walk past something that makes you say, “Wow, that’s gorgeous” or “Hmm…That’s different”- GRAB IT! Put it in your cart and figure out what the heck you’ll plant with it later. The important thing is to get what you LOVE and you’ll love you pots.
2. Some sizes matter - Pay attention to the size of the plant, but don’t get fixated on the width and the mumbo jumbo about how far apart to plant it from something else. Rather, pay attention to the height. In your mix of new things you love, be mindful that you choose some that get tall, some that get 12’ or so, some short ones and yes, some that will drape over 1 or 2 sides of the pot.
3. Arrange in pot before planting - When you get home with your herd of little lovelies, start grouping things together by gut feeling. What do you like together? Include at least 1 tall, 2-3 medium, 2-3 shorts and 1-2 draping depending upon the size of the pot(s). Actually set the individual potted plants in the large pot they’re going in. Put the tall one in the middle and go down in height as you move to the edge of the pot.
4. Pack the pot! - Don’t be afraid to stuff the pot. Plant things as close together as you can and don’t leave huge gaps in between things. This is the key to full pots anytime before August! If it gets overgrown by August you can trim things back and/or pluck out the stuff that you decide you don’t like.
5. Plant and enjoy! - Remove your arranged individual pots from the large pot. Set them aside in the same arrangement you had them in the large pot. Dig, loosen the root ball, insert into the hole, pack dirt tight around the plant. Continue until all are planted and water that sucker like crazy. Enjoy!