On March 26th I planted two urns with spring flowers and perennials. I used pansies, dianthus, English daisies and a Heuchera in each urn. It was an act of faith, since even April can be quite cold on Cape Cod, but it was also an expression of joy. Spring was here, and the season of abundant flowers was upon us. Now, in the beginning of June, those urns are absolutely gorgeous…but it’s time to plant summer annuals in those containers. What to do?
You might be in the same situation. The spring flowers are too pretty to pull out, but you know that they will all fade in the heat of late-June or early July. And if you don’t start the summer annuals now, they won’t be full and pretty as July moves into August. Not to mention that the choice of plants in the garden center is top notch right now, while there will be less to choose from in July. Smart Pots are the answer! See what to do below.
The answer is to get two Smart Pots that are about the size of the inside of your container. Buy the summer annuals you want to place in your containers, and plant them in the Smart Pots using some time-release fertilizer and new potting soil. The annuals will start to fill out in the Smart Pots, and once the spring plantings start to fade, you can either squeeze the entire summer planting into the container, Smart Pot and all, or take the group out of the fabric bag and plant in the container.
I’ll post a photo here later in July, so you can see how the summer combination filled in.