In the later summer months, gardens can start to look a little tired and worn out. And who can blame them? They’ve battled the rain, the two days of extraordinary heat, and they’ve rewarded you with beautiful flowers and scents all the way through.


In order to give your garden a little help in the way of one final colour explosion, this week we’ve put together a beautiful planter designed to give you a little bang for your buck.
We’re going for a combination of oranges in our planter this time. This combination will look beautiful on your decking, or on the patio, and you could even ramp it up and use the scheme in your borders.

What you’ll need:
• Planter
• Peat-free compost
• Trowel
• Gloves
• Stones or broken pots
• Plants
• Fertiliser

Plants and flowers:
• Kniphofia Royal Castle
• Crocosmia Babylon
• Helenium Moerheim Beauty


Prepare your Plug Plants

Kniphofia ‘Royal Castle’ (sometimes known as red hot pokers) are tall and mighty in any container display. Crocosmia ‘Babylon’ is a striking orange in colour and is a mid-height grower. This one will fill the middle circle of the planting design with hot and fiery blooms well into the first frosts of autumn. Finally, we’ve gone for Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’. With bright orange flowers this reliable grower will complement everything else. With all those beautifully bright orange flowers, this planter will really liven up your late summer garden.

 

Preparation

Choose from our brilliant planters, like our ready to paint square planter. Made of high quality materials, they’re long lasting, suitable for all weather, and can be painted any colour you like. They come with pre-drilled drainage holes and a liner so they take all the hard work out of gardening. You might prefer one of our alternative planters – this planting guide will suit anything.

Fill the bottom of your planter with large gravel or a layer of broken pots to assist drainage. Any kind of container gardening needs to work hard to ensure plants don’t become water-logged. Next, fill your planter about two-thirds up with a good quality, peat-free compost mixed in with a good handful of perlite to aid drainage even more. Now is a good time to either water your plug plant trays, or stand them in a small amount of water just to loosen up the existing compost and make transferring them a little easier.

 

Plants

Carefully extract your plug plants form their containers and plan your design and distances – don’t dig them in at this point. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use the end of your trowel to poke a hole in your compost and perlite mix deep enough to cover the roots of your plug. Carefully place each plant in the right hole and firm the compost to make sure the roots are covered but not too much of the stem. Once you’ve finished your planting, give everything a good water and finish off with a spot of liquid fertiliser.

Stay tuned for more planter designs coming your way soon. Good luck, green-fingered friends!