Planting a summer container is a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon. But with so many plant choices, it can feel overwhelming. Here are the key steps to building beautiful summer containers.
The first step in planning your summer container planting is determining light conditions. Your plants will only thrive if they receive the correct amount of light. You’ll often find the light requirements on the plant tag, but if it’s not there, just ask! Today we’ll be planting a pot that will receive a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine per day—this is considered “full sun” conditions.
The second consideration is the amount of water each plant requires. You don’t want to mix plants that require consistently damp soil with plants that prefer to dry between watering.
The third step is the fun one—aesthetics! This is where you can let your personality shine and make the most personal choices.
Choosing the Plants
In this example, we’re going to plant a monochromatic pot with lots of texture and variation in tint and shade of our chosen color. This means that while purple is our color choice, we will have a variety of purple shades and lots of texture variation in leaf and flower choices.