A flowering bouquet kind of falls on its face if it isn't flowering. To avoid container lulls, plant flowers that stay in bloom for extended periods. Lobelia, a long bloomer, thrives in partial sun. Says David, "Sometimes we plant strawberry jars in coordinating colors, but masses of one color is my favorite way."
You can tuck vegetables such as strawberries, tomatoes, parsley, and pepper into your bouquets, but they are heavy feeders and need extra fertilizer. Dressing up these edibles are southernwood, pink and white nicotiana, lobelia, viola, petunia, and dahlia. This pot requires full sun.
By grouping plants according to their cultural needs, you will accomplish two things: You will assure that they grow and thrive. And you will make your life a whole lot easier.
Here's another tip from Doris and David: In potting up your containers, add a slow-release granular fertilizer such as Osmocote to the potting mix. It's a great time-saver and a bit of an insurance policy.
1. First, cover the drainage hole with pebbles, broken clay pots, or packing "peanuts." The peanuts make the completed pot lighter and easier to transport. Make sure to use the truly peanut-shaped little noodles, not the concave or hollow ones, which will hold water and possibly rot roots. Fill with potting mix to planting depth.
2. Plant the central upright plant, the tallest one. In this case, it's the daisylike marguerite. It does not have to be placed in the center of the pot. If the pot is to be shoved up against a wall or backdrop, put the tall plant in the back.
3. Plant the skirt. Add soil and position low trailers and cascading plants around the edge.
4. Tuck in mid-level plants, sweeping around your star-performer and rising to greet it. Water thoroughly, avoiding blossoms and leaves. Add more soil if settling occurs. And remember to deadhead (remove spent blossoms) as the season progresses.