THE POT­TED GAR­DEN

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Your Garden -

With se­nior’s week this month, I thought I could in­spire you to re­think labour in­ten­sive gar­den beds and pos­si­bly in­cor­po­rate some plants into pots or con­tain­ers. With gar­dens get­ting smaller, or maybe you have a tiny court­yard or bal­cony, se­lect­ing a beau­ti­ful pot and fill­ing it with a hardy plant to suit, could be very plea­sur­able. It could even change the way you gar­den into the fu­ture.

The pot choices are end­less, with a new wave of fi­bre­glass light­weight pots avail­able in many dif­fer­ent colours and shapes. Your may also like to mix and match pots, in­cor­po­rat­ing long troughs for nar­row en­try ways, or adding a group of pots in dif­fer­ent sizes that make an im­pact in an empty cor­ner. What­ever pot styles you choose, it is im­por­tant that it fits into the space pro­vided. I find it gen­er­ally looks bet­ter if you se­lect a cou­ple of larger pots grouped to­gether rather than a whole lot of smaller ones. The plants tend to sur­vive bet­ter in a gen­er­ous pot and they are much eas­ier to look af­ter.

When com­ing to the nurs­ery to se­lect pots, it is very help­ful to bring along the mea­sure­ments of your space. This way we can help you choose the cor­rect pot size and shape.

The next step is to choose an ap­pro­pri­ate plant for your pots. There is such a vast ar­ray of plants avail­able to suit what­ever area you would like to fill. If the pots are in a sunny spot, you may de­cide on an ed­i­ble plant such pot­ted herb or vege gar­den or even a dwarf cit­rus tree. You may also like to in­cor­po­rate a splash of colour into your pots by plant­ing pan­sies, dianthus or some of the many dif­fer­ent flow­er­ing plants that catch your eye. Don’t be afraid to ex­per­i­ment with a group of dif­fer­ent plants, multi planted into the same pot. Plant­ing in groups can look ex­tremely ef­fec­tive.

What­ever plants you choose, the key to suc­cess is se­lect­ing the cor­rect plant for their par­tic­u­lar grow­ing en­vi­ron­ment. There are even plenty of choices if you have a shaded area or if you are wish­ing to plant in­doors. Things like ferns, im­pa­tiens, and shade lov­ing in­door plants will sur­vive well in ar­eas which have lower light lev­els. The sky is the limit when it comes to plant se­lec­tion.

The fi­nal thing to re­mem­ber when plant­ing into pots is to se­lect a good qual­ity potting mix.

Mixes are avail­able with slow re­lease fer­tiliser and wet­ting agent added so all the work is done for you.

Why not come into the nurs­ery and ask our friendly staff to help you se­lect a pot. I am sure when you get started in you new pot­ted gar­den, it will be hard to stop at one.

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