planting plans for hum flowerpots
By Darren Lerigo of Modern Mint.
Six years ago I stayed in a house in Paris. The lady who lived there kept a wonderful garden that teetered upon the wild side of normal. A fig tree ascended the boundary wall and roses rambled along the brickwork of the house and onwards, into the ash trees that had seeded themselves into the bare patches of soil at the edges of the lawn.
Elderberries, damsons, old apple trees and gooseberry bushes seemed to be dotted randomly amongst the foliage of peonies and wigwams of sweet peas. It was a delight to sit eating fresh pastries and drinking strong coffee amongst the plants. The garden felt like a part of the home, the family - chaotic, emotional, but good-hearted and always loved too, however it chose to behave.
But the best part of this garden was on the patio by the back door.
Here, two lines of pots, perhaps 40 pots in total, were each planted up with exactly the same plant - a sedum. The formality of the two lines of pots, the hard materials of the patio, the repetition of the sedum which in itself has such a strong presence contrasted beautifully with the rest of the garden, which was so loose and wild.
It was a bold move to use pots in this way, but it worked.
So that is our first planting plan for you - buy a large number of Hum flowerpots and fill them with just one type of plant. For a Hum flowerpot we would choose something graceful and light in tone, like Stipa tenuissima, to sit above the colourful cheekiness of the pots!
Simple planting plan number two is inspired by our need to give nature a helping hand in our gardens - lots of flowers all through the year, lots of available nectar for insects, lots of plants to encourage wildlife into your garden.
For spring we would plant rosemary - it flowers early in the year and provides valuable food for those up and at ‘em bees. The next pots would be filled with sage, thyme, oregano… all plants that can only be beneficial to your efforts in the kitchen too. If you have enough space you could also plant up your pots with fennel and hyssop. Hyssop is an incredibly good plant for bees (though a far less commonly seen friend in your saucepan.)
This should see you and your pots give nature a fantastic hand through late spring and summer.
Then to finish off the growing year as we head into late summer and early autumn, plant your remaining pots with a number of different mints. You get to choose which varieties, because that research and testing for your favourite is both the fun part and because, well, mint just smells like mint to us, whatever the type. They all taste good in a mojito!
That is our second simple planting plan - using herbs to create a wildlife friendly haven for the whole year through. So simple anyone can do it. Now the tough part is choosing which pots you like best…
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