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Make Mother’s Day Special with a Planter of Beautiful Blooms

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Make Mother's Day Special with a Planter of Beautiful Blooms ll The Home Depot Garden Club

Bigger is certainly better when it comes to containers of flowers. Make Mother’s Day special by creating and decorating with a large container of blooms. 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 or hanging baskets 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. The container above shows Proven Winners’ Supertunia petunias in bordeaux with calibrachoa and blue lobelia.

How to Decorate with a Large Container of Flowers:

  1. Choose an area. Find an outside space that needs a pop of color.
  2. Pick your ready-made container. Select a ready-made container for either a sunny or shady spot, such as a Drop-N-Bloom, with colors and flowers you love, available at your local The Home Depot Garden Center.
  3. Determine plant care. Read the plant tags to see how much and when to feed and water.
  4. Know when to water. When the top of the soil is dry to the touch, water just until the overflow trickles out the drainage holes.
  5. Improvise. 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 container. Look for a container with drainage holes or create them.
  2. Select plants. Choose 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 container. Put the large container in its ideal location. Completed containers can hurt your back if they are too heavy to move.
  4. Add potting soil. Fill the container three-fourths full with a moisture-retaining potting mix that also contains a slow-release fertilizer.
  5. Loosen roots. Remove the plants from their pots and loosen their roots. Never pull the plant out by the flowers or stems.
  6. Arrange flowers. Decide how you want your flowers to look in the container. Choose thrillers as the focal point, then arrange your fillers around them. Next, let the spillers fall over the sides.  
  7. Fill in gaps. Using your potting soil with slow-release fertilizer and moisture control, fill in gaps and let the soil settle. 
  8. Feed your plants if needed. If you’re using potting soil without added fertilizer, feed with a fertilizer. Follow the product directions to know when and how much to use.
  9. Help your container retain moisture. Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch, moss or decorative rocks around the plant to retain moisture.
  10. Water when needed. When the top of the soil is dry to the touch, water until it trickles out the drainage holes.


Packing peanuts help fill large containers so you save on potting soil. ll The Home Depot Garden Club


If you’re using a very large container, you may fill the bottom one-third of the planter with a non-soluble filler material such as aluminum cans, plastic containers, broken clay pots or packing peanuts.

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