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How To: Plant a Cottage Garden in a Pot

A colorful cottage garden in a big container will thrive throughout the summer. Plant a pot with some of our favorite flowers and herbs, or simply use what’s available in your garden.

A colorful cottage garden in a big container will thrive throughout the summer. Plant a pot with some of our favorite flowers and herbs, or simply use what’s available in your garden. Start with large plants that will fill the pot and look great as soon as they’re planted. Tiger Eye Rudbeckia, bright Gomphrena, Dragon Wing begonias, variegated oregano and a rosemary plant will fit into a 19-inch pot. Fill the container with potting mix to a couple of inches below the rim. As you remove each plant from the grower’s pot, gently tease out the roots. Before planting, we recommend dunking the root ball in a bucket of water to make it more malleable. Next, place the tallest plant at the back of the pot, in this case the Rudbeckia. We worked from back to front, adding the begonias on either side of the Rudbeckia and the rosemary in the center. To complete your cottage garden, tuck the Gomphrena and variegated oregano into the front of the pot. Water well and enjoy your colorful new creation.