The month of May sees the evenings draw out and the risk of frosts becomes less, and by the end of the month it is deemed safe to plant out any annual plants.
Adding annuals to your pots and containers can bring added colour for the summer months. Depending on what combinations you choose can make a difference to the atmosphere you create.
Make a corner of the patio feel peaceful and relaxed by adding whites, blues and mauves. Hot colours such as reds, oranges and pinks can bring a tropical party feel to the garden.
My top 5 tips for successful summer baskets and pots:
- Use fresh, good quality potting compost, some even have a moisture retainer in them.
- Choose reasonable sized baskets, at least 12”.
- Choose a selection of plants suitable for the given aspect. For example, hot and sunny, pelargoniums and balcony geraniums are best. Begonias and busy lizzies are more suited to a shady aspect.
- Don’t overplant, remember the plants will spread and fill out quickly.
- Water regularly. Feed with a liquid feed (tomerite is fine) every two weeks.
If you need help creating your own patchwork, or would like to purchase either seeds or my own range of potted cutting flowers, ready to plant out in May, please do get in touch.