How to create the perfect summer planter

by Charlotte.Barnes on August 14, 2009

Whatever your garden style, it’s easy to create a planter to brighten up your patio – here are our top tips on creating beautiful planters and our pick of summer 2009’s planter trends…

Top 5 planter tips:

  • avoid giving yourself a hernia with particularly large or heavy planters by filling the bottom half with polystyrene plant trays
  • keep flowers in tip-top condition by dead-heading – pulling the heads of the dead flowers off – regularly
  • use multi-purpose compost – it’ll suit most summer annuals
  • water your planters first thing in the morning or late thing at night – if you water them in the middle of the day the sun will evaporate much of the water
  • arrange for someone to come and water your planters if you go on holiday or consider self-watering planters

Summer 2009 planter trends
Make sitting outside a pleasure this summer by creating your own planters in a style you love. You’ll find our suggestions for some popular styles below, but if you’re not particularly green-fingered or just short on time, your local Interflora florist will have a range of ready-made planters for you to choose from – just add water.

City LifeCity living
Short on space? A minimalist black and white combination including Hydrangea, Campanula and Dahlia, will fit in perfectly on the balcony of any high flyer and will give a contemporary, no-fuss look.


Stimulate all the senses with these outdoor Chrysanthemums. Planted in colour-washed stone containers they not only look really pretty, they are soft and delicate to touch.

Country Country Life
Use props to get the look you want. For a cute, country-living twist, display a bright mix of outdoor flowering plants in contrasting containers on old-fashioned fold-away chairs.

East Meets WestEast meets West
Get the oriental look by using woven screen fencing behind metal containers. These Osteospermum, Begonia and Chrysanthemum look great against the dark pots.

One for the traditionalists – this mix of soft pink and red Pelagonium, Bouvardia and Chrysanthemum looks great displayed in a classic style stone urn.

The vivid scarlet flowers of the exotic Canna contrast nicely with the slate-coloured pot and will add wow-factor to any garden.

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Charlotte Barnes

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