If your containers are not looking at their best then it might be time to have a rethink. Many of us work on a try and trial basis, which can often end in a bit of a lacklustre display. However, if you are looking to maximise your containers this year then House and Garden have some great tips on which plants to use to give both form and long-lasting flowering pots, from May to October.
Home and Garden states: “Are you going for compact varieties of seed-grown plants, such as cosmos, zinnias, phlox and tobacco flowers, or the hugely long-flowering, low-maintenance range of tender perennials, such as Arctotis, Argyranthemums, osteospermums, dahlias, pelargoniums, verbenas, petunias or their mini cousins, the calibrachoas? With some of these tender perennials – nemesias, heliotropes and species petunias – you can add scent as well as colour.”
Then you need to think about colour combinations, which colours work best together, dark blue/purples go well with orange coloured flowers, whites really work with most other colours. Although you need to think about the shades of colour as H and G state that cool colours do not work with bright flowers, stating that cool colours work best on their own or mixed with silver or white. The darker, richer flowers work well with all other colours except for cooler colours.
It’s also important to select your plant depending on its form and habit; “Select your plants based on these palettes and then think of their form or habit. It sounds like a convenient cliché, but I find if you divide your plants into four different roles, you will create reliably good combinations. The first role to be fulfilled is the ‘Thriller’ – the sock-it-to-you flower that dominates the pot combination. The next is the ‘Filler’, which fills in gaps and is not so showy. The third role is the ‘Spiller’; this is the plant that tumbles over the side of the pot to soften the edges. Finally, a pot often does well with a ‘Pillar’, a plant that stands up vertically to give height, extra presence and scale. Aim for three out of the four categories in a pot.”
For more information on how to maximise your containers this summer then follow this link.