Fill your patio with gorgeous flowers and non-stop colour by planting a few pots. They're a quick and easy way to transform the area outside your backdoor, meaning you'll be surrounded by blooms and ready to enjoy your garden in no time.
Just follow this step-by-step planting guide and you're on to a winner - it's full of nifty tips and all you need to guarantee a beautiful display for months to come. We've listed everything you need, although don't worry if you like the look of other plants we've got in-store - just mix and match what takes your fancy and ask one of our team if you're not sure. And have fun - planting a patio container is a great way to get your creative juices flowing!
Step by step
Put a few stones or broken china in the bottom of your pot. This handy idea helps to save compost and improve drainage.
Half fill the pot with compost. You’ll find special container compost in-store, although general multi-purpose compost will do the trick.
Add a handful of slow-release fertiliser granules. These will give your plants all the nutrients they need, meaning you don’t have to worry.
Next mix in some water-retaining gel. This clever stuff helps compost retain liquid, meaning you won’t need to water your pot as often.
Add your plants one at a time, taking care when you remove them from their pots. Gently tease the roots with your fingers as you go.
Add more compost to fill any gaps between plants, pushing it down with your fingers. This is the moment to get your hands really dirty!
Give your container a really good drink, going gently to avoid spilling water over the edge of the pot.
Now for the best bit – put your container in place and enjoy your handiwork. Make sure the best side is facing forward.