These flower pot ideas and tips will help you create a beautiful spring and summer patio or porch. These pots will add color and curb appeal to your home.
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Beautiful Flower Pot Tips and Ideas
Colorado’s winters seem to last forever, even though they are so cold here. When Spring and Summer arrive, I feel like there is no time to wait. I crave color and new life. And then I start dreaming up beautiful flower pot ideas. Every time the weather changes, I get excited to plant flowers on our back porch and front patio. I spent Mother’s Day at O’Tooles Garden Center this year picking amazing flowers for our garden and porch. It snowed for a week before it stopped. Then, I was able to plant them.
What flowers go together in a pot?
What is the best way to plant in containers? This is one of my most frequent questions. Flowers Put them together in a pot. This part of the plant-planting process can seem daunting to some. It can be overwhelming just to walk into a garden center to see all the plants and flowers.
It doesn’t have to be. This should be your mantra every time you visit a garden center to look for flowers for pots. Today I will be looking for fillers, thrillers, and spillers. I won’t be afraid of asking for help!
Thrillers These are bold, tall, and showy focus plants or flowers. They are often placed in the middle of your pot. (My favorites: Coleus, Geraniums, Spike, grasses)
Fillers – The flower or plants that fill the space. The focus plant should not be overshadowed by the filler, which is usually shorter than your thriller. (My favorites: Lobelia, Petunias, Impatiens, Salvia, Vinca, Alyssum)
Spillers – These are your trailing plants. Your eye will be drawn down by the spillers that flow over your pot’s lip. Sometimes I like to add one or two spillers in different colors. (My favorite: Sweet Potato Vine and Sweet Potato Vine. Calibrachoa is my favorite. Ivy, Lobelia, and Creeping Jenny are my favorites.
Annuals and perennials
There are not many rules for planting flowers in pots. It’s important to consider what the flowers require. Do they need sunlight or shade? Some spots on our porch get shade, while others get full sun. Other areas receive part sun. I pay close attention to the tags of every plant.
Pots and containers
When choosing the containers for my flowers on my patio and porch, I try to think outside of the box. If the container is large enough to allow my plants to spread out and grow, it’s okay.
This wooden tree crate from the past is one of my favorite planters that I keep on my porch all year. It’s unique and large, and it makes a big statement. It is rare to find something like it. Every Summer, you will find a large fern on our porch. Kroger sells my ferns for $12.99, and they last well into the fall outdoors.
Terra Cotta Pots are another must-have for flower pots. They are affordable and easily available. My two large ones were purchased at Walmart, but I’ve also found them at garage sales and Dollar Stores.
Thanks to my mom, I was able to find these gorgeous outdoor baskets at Bed Bath Beyond. There are three sizes available, and the largest one was perfect for me to place my Endless Summer Hydrangeas in. They give our porch a beautiful texture that enhances the beauty and beauty of the flowers. They are so beautiful!
An old copper boiler pot was used last year to heat the hostas. It was necessary to drill drainage holes into the bottom in order to make it work. I’ve used olive baskets in the past and other types of baskets. Your porch will be more charming and interesting if you have flowers in unusual containers.
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Once you have all the necessary tools, it is time to make your ideal flower pots for your outdoor spaces. All your pots, soil, gloves, and pots should be gathered in one place. You will need to have enough space for your plants and remember to check all of the plant tags. These tags will tell you if your flowers prefer sun or shade, and how much water they need. They are extremely useful and I keep all my tags!
I tend to plant directly on my porch. Make sure that your pots have adequate drainage and are large enough. Next, add some soil to the container. Usually about 2/3 of the way full.
Next, remove the tags from your plant and save them for later. After you take your flower or plant out of its plastic packaging, use your hands and your fingers to gently break down the roots. As you add other plants, place the plant in the soil. You should compact the soil around your flower, but not too tightly. You want to leave enough space for sun, water, and air to enter. Your thriller should be added first, followed by your fillers, and then finally your spillers.
After you have planted your flowers, water them immediately! Use gentle watering and water your plants under the flower canopy. Make sure you soak the soil to the point that water is escaping from the bottom of the pot.
How to Care for Potted Plants
Here are some tips to care for your flower pots now that they have been planted. The first and most important thing to do is not neglect them. You can pinch the dead flowers, give them fertilizer and replace any tired-looking flowers as needed.
Watering your pots
It is crucial to know the watering requirements of your flowers and to pay close attention to the soil when watering them. Is your soil dry? Is it okay to delay watering because there has been so much rain? It is important to take care of your flower pots.
There are many options when watering flowers in containers. Sometimes I hand water my pots. This happens only for the first month. Then life gets hectic, we go on vacations, or I forget. My containers then suffer, unfortunately. If you remember to water your containers, this method can work!
Next, you will need a sprinkler system and drip system. To hook up my drip line, I move my flower pots as close as possible to our patio and porch edges. They will then be watered every week! This method works well for 90% of my pots, and it is my favorite.
I’m trying something new this year for the remaining 10% of my pots not connected to our drip system. I bought some clear water globes from Walmart and I’m trying them. They cost less than $2 They aren’t new, but they were new to me. Because they love water, I put them in my hydrangea boxes. They are doing a great job so far.