Just because we're approaching the end of summer does not mean you have to wave goodbye to colour in your garden. To help you extend this colourful display, Haskins Garden Centre has released a tutorial that will highlight how to create a seasonal planter and extend the colourful displays into late summertime.
1. Choose your location and planter
Select a pot or planter that will suit your location. If you are planning to place it directly on your patio, you can use 'pot feet' to keep it off of the ground and deter slugs and snails. You should add enough potting compost to allow the plants to stand at the right height above the rim of the pot.
2. Add a feature plant
Choose a feature plant to be the focal point of the display. You can choose this either for its height, colour or variety. For instance, Haskins suggests either a Rudbeckia or Verbascum. Rudbeckia is a striking plant that is well-known for its robust and attractive qualities, while Verbascum is an upright-growing and stately perennial that is ideal for adding height to a planting scheme.
3. Select complimentary plants, along with one that will trail over the side of the pot
Position the other varieties around the feature plant with any trailing ones close to the edge to make it easy for them to spill over the sides. Canna Lilies can add a real touch of the exotic to the planter, and provide a tropical element.
This may be a touch obvious but remember to keep your plant watered throughout the dry summer months.
5. Create an assortment
The assortment will add a dash of colour and liven up any small space.
Tutorial courtesy of Haskins