Get Instant Impact This Week with Large Combination Containers of Flowers

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Bigger is certainly better when it comes to containers of flowers. Our eyes are naturally drawn to big containers that instantly create a show-stopping focal point.

For a quick splash of color and guaranteed success, buy ready-made containers with combinations of flowers that thrive in the same conditions. Or you can be creative and personalize a container with your favorite flowers, grasses and foliage.

How to Decorate with a Large Container of Flowers:

  1. Find an outside space that needs a pop of color.
  2. Select a ready-made container with colors and flowers you love for either a sunny or shady spot.
  3. Read the plant tags to see how much and when to feed and water.
  4. When the top of the soil is dry to the touch, water until it trickles out the drainage holes.
  5. You can use a hanging basket in a container, too. Just cut off the hangers and pop it in a container for instant color.

How to Create a Large Container with Flowers from Scratch:

  1. Pick a large container with drainage holes.
  2. Select plants that create a dramatic effect. Consider color, shape, texture, and size. Cover all of your bases by picking plants that will fill, spill and thrill. You want to have a tall plant in the center, plants to fill the middle, and finally, plants that will spill over the edge — known as cascading plants. Find this information on the plant tag.
  3. Place the large container in its ideal location. Completed containers are too heavy to move and can hurt your back.
  4. Fill the container ¾ full with good moisture-retaining potting mix that also contains a slow-release fertilizer.
  5. Remove the plants from their pots and loosen their roots. Never pull the plant out by the flowers or stems.
  6. Arrange the flowers in the container.
  7. Fill in gaps with potting mix with slow-release fertilizer and moisture control and gently tap down. Let soil settle.
  8. If you’re using potting mix without added fertilizer, feed with a fertilizer. Follow the product directions to know when and how much to use.
  9. Add 2-3” of mulch, moss or decorative rocks around the plant to retain moisture.
  10. When the top of the soil is dry to the touch, water until it trickles out the drainage holes.

Tip:

If you’re using a very large container, you may fill the bottom 1/3 with a non-soluble filler material like aluminum cans, plastic containers, broken clay pots, or packing peanuts.

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