This time around on Jill of All Trades, NEWSnet's Jill Washburn shows us some tips for planting seasonal pots of flowers. 

The first thing Jill does when she pulls out the pots she uses every year, is to clean out the dead plant material from the previous year. Then, Jill breaks up the soil a bit and then sprays the soil with peroxide. She just uses basic household peroxide from any drug store or grocery store.

The peroxide will kill off any germs or funguses that may be living in the soil. Plus, peroxide has an extra oxygen molecule in it, so having that in the soil is actually good for the plants. She lets that sit for a couple of minutes before she starts planting.

Jill chooses plants for her pots using the Thrill-Fill-Spill theory:

  • She recommends using something tall and/or showy. For most pots that plant will be placed in the center. That’s the “Thrill.”
  • Next, she uses smaller plants around the Thrill plant to add color, texture, and fullness to the pot. That’s obviously the “Fill.”
  • Then, on the outer edge, Jill uses a couple of plants that will grow long and drape down the sides of the pot. Those are the “Spill.”

Jill says to think of assembling plants in a garden pot like building a bouquet of flowers. Combine colors that complement and play off of one another. Combine textures, for interest. Even, Jill says, consider the color of the pot, itself, as one of the factors in your “bouquet.”

Jill also says that you need to be mindful of where the pot is going to be at your house and choose plants accordingly. Be mindful of the amount of sun or shade that the pot will get. It’s tough to mix plants that love sun with plants that need shade, unless your chosen spot gets a mix of both sun and shade, or sun that is filtered through trees.

Once everything is planted, water thoroughly. Place them in your chosen spot and watch them bloom throughout the summer. Jill says to keep in mind where the pot is when it comes to regular watering. Pots in shadier spots might not need to be watered every day. Pots in direct sun for much of the day will need more watering. Also, during really warm spells, the plants are going to need more water. Also, pots that are jam-packed with plants will use more water than pot with just a handful.

And, of course, Mother Nature can help. If you’re in a climate that get decent amounts of rain, or you’ve just gone through a rainy spell, you can slack a bit on the watering, but Jill says you will likely be surprised by how quickly you have to get back to it, to keep your garden pots looking great.

Happy planting!

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