three container backyard concepts to offer as presents

As issues heat up, annuals are beginning to tempt us from their colourful rows on show on the native backyard heart. Nicely, not less than I’m discovering them onerous to withstand! As I strive to determine this 12 months’s container gardening combos, I additionally make be aware of what’s obtainable in case I would like a fast reward. Whereas it’s enjoyable to assemble a lower flower bouquet to carry to somebody as a hostess reward, I additionally love the thought of giving a complete pot of flowers that the recipient can get pleasure from all season lengthy.

We’ve teamed up with SunPatiens® to offer you some colourful inspiration for “wrapping” annuals in artistic containers. They’re all fairly simple to place collectively and might be gifted for Mom’s Day, a instructor’s reward, your favourite summer season barbecue host, and many others.

Talking of SunPatiens®, I found these plentiful bloomers on the model’s guardian firm, Sakata, through the California Spring Trials as one of many Nationwide Backyard Bureau’s #ngbplantnerds. These low-maintenance crops are downy mildew resistant, and so they bloom from spring by way of fall, thrive within the warmth, and do effectively in each solar and shade. They arrive in some fairly vibrant, luscious colours, in order that they stand out in summer season containers, too. (The brand new colours for this 12 months embody Compact Hearth Crimson, Compact Orchid, Compact Tropical Rose, and Spreading Pink Kiss—search for Compact Purple in 2018.)

I like any alternative to get artful, so once I noticed these SunPatiens® container concepts, I believed they’d make nice presents. After all I simply may need to place some collectively for myself, too.

Thought 1: Embellish terracotta pots with paint

Whereas this concept is tremendous easy, you may get fairly fancy with a paintbrush, different-sized sponge shapes, and some colours of paint. Add a layer of chalkboard paint and you may personalize the pot itself for the recipient—instructor, Mother, Dad—or element what’s inside, like herbs, edible blooms, and many others. I solely simply found chalk markers up to now few months and I’m hooked. After all you might additionally simply use plain previous chalk.

Portray by your self is enjoyable, however having associates over to color a container over snacks and wine? Even higher!

I’ve seen so many associates share pictures of artwork nights the place all of the “college students” interpret and paint the identical topic on a canvas. Nicely, SunPatiens® envisioned adorning these terracotta pots as an excellent thought for a pot-painting get together. Invite a couple of associates over, serve some wine and fancy snacks, and let your creativity circulation.

Have a couple of totally different crops readily available to select from, so everybody could make their very own mini association to take house.

Thought 2: Use a present bag as a container for colourful annuals

I see this concept working for centerpieces at a bridal or child bathe. Draw a reputation from the visitor record to win on the finish of the occasion, or use the container as one in all your prizes for get together video games. Select a few the identical plant to create a lush, full monochromatic association, or pair a colourful annual with a enjoyable “spiller” that can cascade over the aspect. I’d poke holes within the backside of a plastic container for drainage. You possibly can additionally use a smaller fabric bag that you just get at clothes or grocery shops. It could doubtless be permeable, permitting for straightforward drainage.

Use a gift bag as a container for flowers

Discover a reward bag that you should utilize as a container. Verify your native greenback retailer, craft retailer, or use a fabric bag!

Thought three: Recreate the SunPatiens® tiered bucket planter

The galvanized metal look is fashionable—on a much bigger scale, inventory tanks are standard as raised beds. This particular planter makes use of three galvanized metal buckets in numerous sizes to create one greater container. It could match properly on the nook of a patio or deck. I’ve the proper sunny space out in entrance of my home between two Adirondack chairs.

SunPatiens® tiered planter

I noticed this SunPatiens® tiered planter thought on show on the California Spring Trials!

When planting, reserve not less than one of many containers for a Garden BFF combo—I like pairing annuals and edibles! A PDF with how-to instructions can be found here.


If you happen to’re searching for SunPatiens® on the retailer, search for this pot. They’re bought at massive field shops and backyard facilities in each the U.S. and Canada.

A BIG thanks to SunPatiens® for sponsoring this submit and offering these enjoyable, easy-to-achieve concepts. By the best way, what are you making in your containers and what could be your superb coloration combo for the annuals?

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Easy projects—gift bag containers, painted terracotta pots, and a tiered planter—that you can make for Mother's Day, teachers' gifts, and more. (AD)

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