To celebrate the (much-needed) arrival of spring, I treated myself to a little spree at my local Rona (other women splurge on shoes), and put together my planters for this year. In case you missed last year’s planter makeover extravaganza, you can catch up here. These purple-blue salvia caught my eye and the rest just came together in a whirlwind of glorious plant shopping!
I guess Mother Nature felt guilty about jerking us around this winter, because s
pring summer arrived in all its glory this month! Now that I’ve gone and written that, I’ve probably jinxed it and we’ll get a snowstorm tomorrow.
They (whoever “they” are) are always talking about planters needing the “thriller” (the tall centre stuff), the “filler” (the frilly stuff), and the “spiller” (the stuff that spills over the sides). I made sure to cover each of those elements when choosing my plants. Here’s what I used in each planter:
2 purple-blue salvia (thriller!)
2 white impatiens (filler)
2 coral petunias (filler-spiller)
2 creeping jenny (spiller) – this can be split up, so you don’t need to buy 2 plants per planter!
I followed the same steps for putting together my planters as I did last year. Basically, I put a layer of small rocks into the bottom of each planter, then I put a thick layer of newspaper over the rocks. I partially filled each planter with earth and then placed my plants. Once I’d decided on the layout, I filled in the gaps with earth. Simple comme bonjour!
These planters just make me smile every time I look at them. I think the creeping jenny is my favourite part, though. I find its vivid green so charming combined with the dark leaves of the impatiens and salvia.
I cannot wait to get a move on the rest of my deck-or for this spring and summer! I’ve started pulling a few elements together, including filling those three-tiered Ikea planters (which housed my herbs last year).
I also drove a ridiculous distance to track down some new cushions for my deck chairs. But that is a story for another day. In the meantime, I want to wish you all a beautiful long weekend. I will be spending some quality time with the people I love, celebrating my grandmother’s birthday. xo
My planters were featured in the Sunday Brunch Magazine!
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