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I spotted something GENIUS at my local home improvement store the other day:
It’s a ready-to-plant container that takes the guesswork out of creating a colorful planter. No need to mix and match various annuals to make your planters look like a pro job. Just buy the one container and the plants are already arranged just so. Easy!
The patio is really just a sad cement slab just outside of the sliding glass doors in the kitchen. It’s going to stay this way until I can install a bigger, more welcoming outdoor entertaining area. But at any rate, the planters on my back yard patio were really in need of a little spring cleaning. I realize for many of you, that might not be an issue. But I have a tight schedule, a black thumb, and allergies working against me. So I’m exactly the kind of customer that can use ready made (thinkless) container setup.
The larger planter was a little too big for one of these pre-made containers, but the garden center also had a three-step display for “thrillers” (the flowers that add height and the wow factor to the planter), “fillers” (name pretty much says it – fills the rest of the planter), and “spillers” (the plants that hang over the edge for a drape-y effect). I grabbed three of the “thriller” kind and two of the leftover yellow salvia plants from my mailbox spruce-up project (which will probably post next week since I’ve yet to take after pictures). It was slightly more work to get these guys in just the right spots, but I was still pleased with the look when I paired them with the smaller planter.
After spending the afternoon having a sneezing fit thanks to mowing and other yard cleanup (my eyes and nose have finally succumbed to what I call “the histamine hangover”), I was glad that I could end the day on a high note with something as easy as pot – plant – done.
The striped yellow ones are called “Lemon Slice Superbells” – if there is a better plant name for spring and summer, I haven’t heard one.
I have a long way to go in terms of sprucing up the yard, but these annuals are a welcoming pick-me-up that took only minutes to change the very sad (and neglected) state of the planters outside to something much more cheerful. More yard updates coming later this week!