Design a cut flower garden using these pro tips and starter plants
Once you have your seeds sprouted or small plants, it’s time to place them in containers with well-draining soil and at least one drainage hole so that the water can escape. “You have to make sure that your plant never stays in water,” Viljoen stresses, because soaked roots can develop root rot and die.
For this reason, delicate decorative planters that do not have drainage holes are not the best choice for an outdoor garden. Instead, opt for strong and sturdy yet portable materials like terra cotta, fiberglass, or aluminum for easy maneuvering.
Palmer recommends using as large a container as possible in your space – it will accommodate more soil (and therefore need to be watered less frequently) and allow more room for different varieties of plants to grow side by side. “I tend to mix a lot of different varieties so I don’t end up with a patch,” she says.
She suggests placing four or five plants in a space of 10 to 12 inches. planter (about 9 to 11 inches), six or seven plants in a 30 to 40 cm. planter (about 11 to 15 inches), and eight or nine plants in a 40 to 50 cm. planter (about 15 to 19 inches).
Again, place plants with similar water and light needs in the same pot, and taller plants in the back, shorter ones in the front.