Rustic barrel container
Step 1 Select a garden container with adequate drainage holes and cover with a piece of landscape fabric (available at garden centres) to prevent the soil from washing out of the bottom.
Step 2 Partly fill your container with an all-purpose potting mix that contains a slow-release fertilizer – it will feed plants continuously for several weeks.
Step 3 Start with the geraniums and begonias in the centre of the container, adjusting the soil height so the tops of the root balls are just below the rim, and firm down. Place the dahlias and vincas around the centre plants. Fill in the gaps near the edge with the lobelias.
1 Calliope Dark Red geranium (Pelargonium ‘Amri Trared’)
2 ‘Olympic Red’ Rieger begonia (Begonia [Hiemalis Group] ‘Olympic Red’)
3 Hello! Gorgeous White dahlia (Dahlia Hello! Gorgeous Series)
4 ‘Titan Pure White’ vinca (Catharanthus roseus Titan Series)
5 ‘Regatta White’ trailing lobelia (Lobelia erinus ‘Regatta White’)
6 ‘Marine Blue’ trailing lobelia (Lobelia erinus ‘Marine Blue’)