Container planting is an easy way to achieve beautiful color in the spring and summer months. Just about any plant can grow in containers. Planters allow people to add blooms to entrances, patios and anywhere there may not be soil beds. Design is important when arranging flowers in a planter. They can be uniform or as natural-looking as you desire, depending on the type and color flowers that you select.
Choose small potted plants from a nursery or garden center. Read the instructions on each one, selecting flowers that have the same sun and soil requirements.
Pick flowers of varying heights. To add interest to a planter, you want tall, medium and trailing flowers.
Fill the planter with potting soil. Choose a potting soil that has nutrients, such as Miracle-Gro, because it will feed the plants. Leave 2 to 3 inches on the top of the planter soil-free.
Remove all the plants from their pots. Loosen up the root balls of each and place the tallest ones in the center of the planter. Put the medium-size flowers around the center plants, and add the trailing, smaller plants in the open spaces in between the other plants.
Set the tallest plants in the back of the planter if it will be up against a wall. Medium plants should go before the taller flowers, followed by the shortest flowers in the very front.
Use a trowel or your hands to fill in between each flower with potting soil. Pat down the soil. Water flowers until the water comes out the holes in the bottom of the planter.