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Container of Colorful Mix Adds Seasonal Interest

Materials Needed

  • container plants and/or flowers
  • water-retaining crystals
  • potting mix
  • gardening pots
  • gravel mulch

Step 1: Before you plant the container, add water-retaining crystals to the potting mix.

These swell up once moist, and provide plants with an extra reservoir of water, which helps to ensure plants do not suffer in dry spells.

Step 2: Arrange your selected plants in their original pots in the container.

This will give you a better idea of how they will look once planted and adjustments can be easily made. When you are satisfied, remove the plants from their pots and plant the container.

Step 3: Fill around the plants with potting mix when they are in their final positions.

Leave a 2-inch (5-cm) gap between the top of the soil and the rim of the container to allow for easy watering and a gravel mulch.

Step 4: Spread a 3/4-inch- (2-cm-) deep gravel mulch over the top of the soil.

This will help to conserve moisture in summer, deter weeds, and prevent unsightly soil splash when watering. It also makes an attractive finish to the planting.

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