These huge garden pots were added along our long gravel driveway last summer...and honestly
after I planted them I was not sure if I really liked them....
did I say HUGE...
they are 3 feet wide and about 3 feet tall
The idea was to add some color along the drive and the front of the house
and allow the plantings to cascade over the edges
and over time
completely cover the terra cotta pottery.
Each pot also has a dwarf Meyer lemon in the center
The plant combinations are pretty simple:
colors of pink, blue and orange
and a bit of yellow
Meyer lemons do very well in pots so
if you have the urge to plant one
try a pot!
My experience has been that Meyers are a little finicky
...they like water
and they like fertilizer and minerals.
Here you can see the leaves are turning yellow
so I usually feed them a little Ironite
which is just a mineral supplement to help them green up again.
Meyers are wonderful tasting...try my vinegarette
Back to the pots....I used lantana, geranium,
gazania and Phlox
there are some succulents tucked in
and some petunia and thyme
but really it's just your basic Nursery annuals and a few perennials
in a mixture of the same colors
and all of the pots are a little bit different...which I like
Getting the soil for right for large pots has been a challenge actually... and over the years I've tried every type of potting mix on the market
I have never found anything that worked that well...
(if you have a favorite please tell me!!! )
The soil either dries out took quickly or the the plants never root completely...the list goes on
So for this project and for all of my pots and containers
I now use my new favorite soil recipe
Here it is:
1 part bagged potting mix...the kind that contains nice sterile soil, perlite etc
1 part bagged compost...the kind that contains mycorrhizae, guano (poop) and other good stinky stuff
1 part bagged sterile sand...the kind you would use for a sand box
mix together in a wheel barrel or if you don't have one
use a large plastic yard bag and mix it on top of the bag with a shovel
add water...get it good and soaked before it goes into your pot of choice
This is work
so be prepared to get dirty...
but you get to wear your "girly girl" gardening gloves,
get a sun burn
and look like a gardening babe...at least that's my story
Fill your containers,
then sit down and enjoy the view.
I really love container gardening and I'm sure you all do too
Good things come in pots!
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