Our sustainably sourced pine planters are some of the best out there. We know that. Our planters are perfect for creating a dazzling display of beautiful plants. We’ve got a guide to a great planting design – just for you. Feel free to use it, swap it with your green-fingered pals, but just remember to tell everyone where you got the idea for the scheme!

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Starting with our classic Vendôme, 138 litre square planter, fill the bottom with broken crockery or small stones and course gravel placed carefully over the geo-textile inner liner. The Vendôme range comes with ready-made drainage holes, and feet, to offer some clearance between the surface and the planter, so you needn’t worry too much about additional drainage.

Do remember that plants in a planter need a little more attention when it comes to watering and feeding.

Fill your planter up with good quality peat-free soil and remember that plants in containers can dry out very quickly. Make sure you water them often, and thoroughly. Also make sure you add weekly liquid fertiliser to keep your plants happily fed and the blooms looking as gorgeous as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

Plants

This scheme calls for some serious layers. We’ve opted for agapanthus, nasturtium, and fuchsia as all these varieties grow really well in containers.


Agapanthus
is a real stalwart of the garden scene. Tall and willowy with compact blooms of intense colour, these are architectural plants that will form the shape of this overall design. This plant originates in South Africa but they do manage the British climate very well – they can even be left out over the winter. You can choose any variety you like. Some good ones that perform well are agapanthus peter pan, northern star, and midnight cascade. 

Nasturtium are so easy to grow from seed – they are practically fool proof. It’s still a little chilly for them now (it’s the very end of march at time of writing), so either sow your seed now and let them pop up indoors, or wait a couple of weeks and sow them directly into the planter. There are lots of varieties of nasturtium but we like the traditional bright orange and yellow flowers of the tom thumb variety as they contrast beautifully with the cooler purple tones of the agapanthus.

Fuchsia plants are just brilliant. They’re striking, often scented, and really make a bold and bright statement in the garden. We like the pink fizz variety as the bright pink and orange flowers draw together the tones of the agapanthus, and the nasturtium in one bold splash of wonderful colour. Buy these now as plug plants and they should time their first blooms nicely with the nasturtium.

Planting

Make sure you position all your plants before you pop them in. Dig a hole for each plant a little wider than the root system, pop each plant in then water generously and feed. Soon enough, you will have a brilliant display of colour popping blooms that look just perfect in your planter.