How to Arrange Garden Containers

LAST UPDATED: Sep 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 20, 2017 | By:

Learn how to arrange garden containers with tips, tricks and TRIED and TRUE techniques. You’ll learn design and planting methods that will create a beautiful show you’ll enjoy all summer long!

A garden container full of pink and white annuals on a white deck.

Recently I hosted a workshop at charming Parkview Gardens in partnership with my friends at Wave Petunias with local colleagues – aka bloggers.

It was fun getting to know fresh faces and seeing a few familiar friends, all over eats, drinks and beautiful blooms.

beautiful garden container ideas at a nursery, chalkboard sign in foreground
A garden center filled with blooming flower pots and perennials.

We learned how to arrange garden containers – admittedly, it’s a task that has always overwhelmed me in the past.

Claire Josephson, a resident expert hailing from England, shared tips and tricks to designing beautiful garden containers that will live all summer long! I’m excited to share them with you today!

A wood surface with a container of white wave petunias.

I love garden containers, especially for our porch, patio and between garage stalls, but I never knew how to arrange them.

In the past, I would tend to throw a few things in my pots that would inevitably die just weeks later. Little did I know these fun tips for garden containers.

A group of women learning how to plant garden containers at a nursery.

How to Arrange Garden Containers

  • start with a container with holes for drainage
  • you should fill with soil 2″ from the top
  • add soil to fill in after you add your flowers / plants
  • always water immediately after planting

It was fun to see how we were all offered the same planters and flowers, but all created something unique from Claire Josephson’s tips. A variety of plants create the most beautiful garden containers. Choose from a few of these:

  • a plant that will offer height like angelonia, geraniums, coreopsis, or grasses in the back or the center 
    learn how to create a potted plant for your porch that will bloom all summer
  • Wave Petunias which grow out, filling the pot and providing color 
    how to create a potted garden that will bloom all summer long
  • fillers like pentas 
    beautiful garden planter ideas
  • plants that trail out like lobelia, silver dichondra {which I used}, or alisons
A garden container filled with pink and white blooming annuals

My flower recipe included Petunias, and silver dichondra trailing out of the pot. I used the height in the back, petunias and filler in the middle and dichondra in the front since it will be against a wall on our porch. I created mine in just five minutes!

Who knew garden containers could be so quick and easy? You can find several more container recipes here to get you started. If you make one, tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see!

A garden pot filled with pink and white blooming annuals
A group of people learning how to plant a garden container with potted annuals
A garden center filled with beautiful potted plants and annuals.

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