It’s time to replace the summer flowers with fall plants! I’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks but since my summer flowers were doing ok I couldn’t bare myself to kick them out. Then we hade heavy rain storms and the petunias finally gave in.
Here’s how I went about it.
Cleanup the summer plants
I just picked the old plants right up and fed them to the compost.
Tip! An evergreen centrepiece brings year-round interest
The evergreen White Spruce bring year-round interest. It’s also more affordable since I only have to replace parts of the container. I’ve had this White Spruce in the containers for two years now. It grows slowly so I’m counting on keeping it for many more years.
At this point, I also kept the Bacopa. It looked fresh enough and its white flowers looked nice with the other plants.
Tip! Arrange the plants while keeping them in their plastic cans
“It was only when I placed the cabbage slightly below the Kale that the combo just fell into place.“
I usually place out the plants while keeping them in their pots. It takes quite a bit of moving around and experimenting before I get it the way I like.
Make sure to take a few steps back and look at the container from different angles before you plant. Trust me, it’s much easier than having to dig the plants up again.
When happy with the way it looks, plant!
Make sure all the root balls have soil around them. When finished, water them in properly. Adding some fertiliser to the water is always a good idea.
How many plants fit into the container?
More than you’d think! For fall containers, I usually squeeze in as many plants as I can. They won’t grow very much since we’re having low temperatures and I want the arrangement to look full.
In this 16 inches wide container (40 cm) there is a total of 7 plants.
1 White spruce
1 Ornamental cabbage (4 inch pot – 9cm)
1 Ornamental kale (4 inch pot – 9cm)
2 Heather (3 inch pot – 6cm)
1 Variegated ivy (3 inch pot – 6cm)
1 Bacopa (4 inch pot – 9cm)