Spring is here and we all get excited to spend more time outside. A great accent to your outdoor spaces is to add some flower pots or annual color spots to key locations. Here are a few suggestions to guide you. Of course this is a service we provide too :)
- Containers. Lots of great new materials out there along with the beauty of classic terra cotta and ceramic glaze. Make sure you've got drainage through the bottom. Inspect your pots for any winter damage and replace if necessary. Determine and set in desired location.
- Soil. How old is the "dirt"? If it looks dry and gray, it's time to replace it. We like to use organic potting soil with moisture control and mycorrhizae (a beneficial fungi). Many potting soils have a fertilizer in them already. If not, be sure to add some as annual flowers are big feeders.
- Plants. Three words you need to know: thriller, filler, spiller. Something tall in the center for drama (thriller). Fun colors and textures to make the tall item in the center feel anchored (filler). Trailing plants along the edge of the container to soften (spiller). Play with plant combinations while shopping at your local nursery. Depending on the size of your container, the thriller item is typically purchased as a larger size, like a one gallon. Four inch or quart containers are nice for the filler. Four inch or plugs work well along the edges for the spiller.
- Water. Container plants can dry out quickly. If possible, drip irrigation is a consistent and reliable way to keep the flowers happy. Otherwise, plan to water daily through the heat of the summer.