MAKE A HOT POT
Calibrachoa and petunia are ideal for pots and make great displays when combined with other annuals, perennials and grasses.
Here’s how to create a feature pot. For best effect, select a container that ties in with the colour scheme of your planting. Featured here is a copper pot paired with a hot-coloured plant mix for summer. It includes the calibrachoa Million Bells ‘Crackling Fire’ (replace with Million Bells ‘Crackling Chimes’), French marigolds, Sanvitalia procumbens, Carex comans
‘Milk Chocolate’ (replace with C. ‘Orange Sedge’) and two gazanias from the Gazoo series, ‘Clear Orange’ and ‘Clear Yellow’. 1 CHOOSE a large pot 30–40cm wide and fill it with a premium potting mix that has fertiliser added. Mix in some water crystals and a few good handfuls of coir peat to help retain moisture on hot days. 2 PLANT your grass in the middle, as this is the natural centrepiece of your display, and secure the leaves with an elastic band. This makes it easier to place other plants around it.
3 ARRANGE remaining plants around the grass, then remove the elastic band and water your plants in well.
4 POSITION your pot in a sunny spot among other plants in the garden.