Last year my back patio was pretty plain and looked like this…
I tried to jazz up the table by adding the paper lanterns and the candles. For some reason those candles bugged me to no end the table is small and the candles just got in the way. Heaven forbid I leave it empty right?
Well I finally figured out what to do with the table this year. I picked up a bundt cake pan at the Goodwill for $1.00.
I sprayed it with Black Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x. It’s my favorite. It goes on smooth and doesn’t drip and covers in less coats. (I didn’t use a primer, this is not a project I’m going to use year after year, this is all about being quick project.)
My patio gets a massive amount of sun so that pretty much decided what sort of flowers I was going to plant in my planter.
My rules for planting flowers.
1. Know what type of area it is, sunny, shady or a combination of the two.
2. Use a variety of flowers or greenery to make the arrangement interesting.
3. Use good soil. I use Miracle – Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix. Seriously the plants get bigger, it feeds the soil longer and protects against over and under watering two things I’m guilty of.
4. Don’t be afraid to use plants and flowers you’ve never tried before, seriously if they die so what, just try replant something. I feel like people stress too much about what is right or something dying.
Even though the planter is semi small I still chose 4 different types of plants.
1. The vinca vine. I always like to plant things that hang below the planter or something spiky to rise up high. Vinca vines are super low maintenance and can trail pretty low.
2. White begonia’s. They’re easy, you just remove the blooms as they die, water every other day and use an all purpose fertilizer once a month.
3. Coleus. Another easy plant that you fertilize once a month water 2-3 times per week and just make sure the area is kept weed free. These are super pretty and dark purple and add a nice color to the arrangement.
4. White petunias. These are probably my least favorite in this container only because I tend to use them every year because they seem to do the best in the sun. (I seriously wished we just got a little sun in the back yard!) Again all you have to do with these are fertilize once a month, water 2-3 times per week and remove spent blooms by pinching them off.
So much better than the candles. How awesome is it that it fits perfectly where the umbrella goes!!