How To Arrange Flowers in a Planter

Planters add an interesting dimension to your home and garden. They help bring more life to a bland area or a negative space. Just by adding a large section filled with colorful blooms to the patio corner, the deck, or the porch, makes a huge aesthetic difference. Arranging flowers in a planter is not a challenging task. You don't have to be a florist or a designer to do so. Doing this yourself can also save you money, rather than hiring someone to do it for you.

Below are some useful tips on how to arrange lovely flowers in a planter.

The Planter

  1. Decide on what kind of planter you will use to place your flowers. Some suggestions include an urn, a colorful pot, a classic big vase or a hanging planter.
  2. Put mulch or a filler at the bottom of the planter. You can use pop cans for this. Then, tuck a grocery bag with holes in it right under the filler. This should make your base sturdier.
  3. Add about two inches of soil. Make sure that it’s loose enough so that air and water can seep through it, but not so loose that the filler with the plastic shows. If you don't want to use soil, you can opt for a peat moss.

With this, your planter is now ready.

The Flower Arrangement

  1. Select the kind of flowers you want to place in the planter. The best combination should come in different colors and heights, so that your arrangement has a lot more depth in it. Some of the most popular choices of flowers include geraniums, dusty miller, viola, alyssum and the flower cabbage. These flowers bloom all year round and look very attractive.
  2. With the flowers still in their individual pots, line them up and arrange them onto the planter. This will basically just give you an idea of where everything goes. The taller growing plants must always be at the backside or are usually against the wall, and then followed by the smaller ones. However, if you would like a dramatic effect with the plants seen from all angles, you can set the tallest ones in the middle as its centerpiece, while the smaller ones flow in layers all around it.
  3. To have a really beautiful arrangement, go for layers with different colors in between them. Consider the kind of plants you have. Those that grow hanging around the edges are usually best placed on the outer side, while those that grow tall and sturdy would work best as the anchor or centerpiece.
  4. Continue to move the plants from side to side, until you are satisfied of their arrangement and how they will look.
  5. Once you have the final layout, make indents in the soil to prepare transfer of the plants from their individual pot to the planters.
  6. Remove the flowers from their individual pots. Loosen up their roots and then plant them in the indentation. Make sure you are wearing your gloves as you do this.
  7. When all the flowers have been laid out and planted firmly, water your planter and allow this to set.


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