Now that the Summer Solstice has passed and we’re barrelling toward the winter once again, today’s article comes to you in the form of a planter design for the ultimate summer planter. Get your gardening gloves on and plant up a beautiful container that will last all summer long and cheer up your garden with an explosion of colour.

We’ve put together a beautiful planter designed to be colourful and inexpensive. This one will also do its bit for nature by attracting bees into your garden.

We’re going for a combination of the awesome petunia galaxy, calendula, and trailing geranium 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

• Trailing geranium plug plants


 

 

• Calendula plug plants

 

• Petunia galaxy plug plants


Prepare your Plug Plants
Trailing geraniums are gorgeous and bright red. They look stunning in a container or trailing over the edge of your planter. Geraniums of all varieties are very easy to grow and should last well all summer long. We’re going for hot summer colours in this design so the bright red of the trailers should contrast well with our other choices. Calendula is a striking orange in colour and is one tough little 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, for a bit of added height to the scheme, we’ve gone for the mighty petunia galaxy. With bright purple flowers speckled all over with white, these tough plants look majestic and as if they do really belong in the depths of space. With all those beautifully clashing colours, this planter will be a real talking point for your 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!