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How to compose a gardener?

Composing a planter to decorate a balcony.

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

On the balcony or in the garden, we love garden planters! Colorful, the flower box is ideal for decorating and cooling a terrace that looks gray or a small balcony. You are shown an easy tutorial to compose your own planter according to your tastes and desires.

Want to put some color on your terrace or decorate your balcony? Choose the flowers that make you want, accompany them with refreshing plants, and create the composition of your dreams by following the steps!

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

The materials you need to compose a planter on the balcony

Materials : clay balls, horticultural compost or geranium.

Plants : Ivy, Osteospermum, Calibrachoa "Million Bells", Carex comans "Bronze Form".

Tools: transplanter, pruner.

Step 1: Add the clay balls in the flowerpot

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

To create a flowerpot, start by using clay balls that help drain the water that seeps in when you water the plants. Cover the pot bed with clay balls 1/5 of its height, evenly.

We favor a pot in width to give it more amplitude on the balustrade of the balcony!

Step 2: Add the potting soil in the flowerpot

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

To finish preparing the flower box, cover the clay balls with horticultural compost or geranium. Spread it evenly.

Step 3: compose the planter with different plants

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

Before planting the flowers, place them in the pot with their scoop to compose the planter according to your tastes, according to the colors and types of plants. Feel free to test different compositions when positioning the buckets!

For the realization of this flower box, the plants were positioned as follows, from left to right: Ivy, Osteospermum, Calibrachoa "Million Bells", Carex Comans "Bronze Form", Calibrachoa "Million Bells", Osteospermum, Ivy.

Step 4: moisten the plant clods

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

We start with Osteospermum. Plunge the plant with its bucket into a basin of water to moisten the root ball.

Step 5: Remove the plant from its bucket before planting

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

Take care to remove the clod from its bucket before planting it in the potting soil.

Step 6: detach the roots of the plant

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

Using a pruner or with the edge of a transplant, detach the roots of the plant by incising the root ball on the height, as in the picture. This allows the plant to gain a foothold in its new environment.

Step 7: Dig the location of the plant

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

Using the transplanter, dig a hole in the potting soil for the location of the plant.

Step 8: plant the plant in the planter

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

Place the plant in its location and complete with horticultural compost or geranium to completely cover the root ball. Tamp the soil well around the foot.

Step 9: plant the other plants in the planter

Julia Brechler / Bricolo Factory

In the same way as for Osteospermum, plant the different plants in the tank to create the composition of your dreams!

Water the gardener abundantly when you have finished planting.

Tip for composing a planter: our composition is balanced between the grasses bringing movement and the colors of the flowers and their foliage, which offer rhythm to the whole. It is necessary to compose your bouquet according to these three characteristics.

Advice given by the interprofession Val'hor.