Liza Greis

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Tips For Planting Large Pots

This is my favorite time of year. I love all the lawn mowing and planting! Everything is green and it isn’t too hot yet. I was planting my front entry flower pots this past weekend and decided it would be a good idea to repost my tips for planting pots.


front porch with flower pots on each side of door

Tips for Planting Pots

Tip #1

If you have a really tall planter like this, add packing peanuts, empty plastic post upside down, or something else lightweight to the bottom half of pot so you don’t have to fill the whole thing with dirt. It makes the pot easy to move and your plants don’t need that much dirt anyway. Also, make sure your pot has drainage holes.



Tip #2

I like to add different textures as well as different heights to planters so I grabbed some grass, vines, and of course flowers. I try to get a plant with small flowers and one with large flowers.



flowers ready to plant in pot



planting flowers in pots


Tip #3

Make sure you are choosing flowers that all have the same sun/shade requirements. Don’t mix a shade loving flower with a sun loving one. If your porch gets little light, pick shade loving varieties. And if your porch is full sun all day, make sure your plants can handle that.


potted plants on porch


Tip #4

Plants in containers dry out faster than those in the ground. Make sure to water regularly. Set a reminder on your phone. Darker containers will heat up more than lighter ones so they may need to be watered more often.



Have you planted any flowers yet? What are your favorites? Do you have any tips for planting pots that I should add?


I recently publish a post about all my favorite perennial flowers that are easy to grow. 





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  1. Carole @ Garden Up Green says

    This is so pretty to keep them looking amazing remember to add fertilizer (Liquid Fish) say around July, this will give those plants an added boost. I normally use Llama tea from our farm which is fantastic and my planters love it.

  2. Cheryl Bell says

    I like your flowers they are beautiful, the pots are really nice I’m going to look for them at Walmart. So far this spring I have only planted some tomatoes , my flowers are next. thank you for the tips

  3. bill mcdonald says

    Just about every piece of electronics you buy, comes packaged in Styrofoam block.. I fill my large pots till about 6″ of the top and then add my soil. This makes it so much easier than picking out packing peanuts if you compost your previous years soil…After filling with soil…. thoroughly shake the pots to allow the soil to settle between the blocks… and add more soil of course. Rarely will root development go any deeper than the top 6 inches.

  4. Nicole says

    I love these tall, slim planters. Definitely going to check them out online. Thanks for the planting tips and thanks for linking up with us a the #HomeMattersParty this week!


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