I love to plant flowers in pot all over our yard. Some are by choice to spice up the patio like the ones below.
Others like the one below are born out of necessity. We have lots of trees in our planters and the soil is often full of roots and I can barely get a spade into it. I bring color in by stashing pots throughout the planters.
Some of the pots help to soften the garage wall which backs up to our patio. Our vines are planted in some of the pots as well.
The secret to lovely full pots is using only potting soil. You cannot use soil from your planters but most people know this already. I like to pack the pots full of plants. This gives them the overflowing fullness that looks the best. I always generously mix in time released fertilizer into the soil when I am planting them. And lastly, don't let your pots dry out too much. They don't want to be soggy either, but on really hot days I will water twice a day. But most summer days, once is enough. A labor of love for sure. I always hire a neighbor girl to water daily when we travel. You don't want to spend all that money on creating your container garden to see them dry out while you are gone.
Here are my latest inspirations. Just picked these up at Home Depot and with names like "Lemon Zest" and "Rhythm and Blues" how can I go wrong? Not sure what pots they will go in yet but I am sure something will come to me once I get out there and put those gloves on.