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Last week I told you about the planning & preparation of my container garden, I can now reveal the finished product.

Drainage is essential for containers to prevent water logging. I drilled holes in all of the containers I used. I also used recyclable containers to crock the base of the large wooden planter-

I used layers of plastic containers to create drainage
I used layers of plastic containers to create drainage

It took just over 10 bags of compost to fill all of the containers-

Filling the containers with compost

I researched suitable plants for a shaded & sheltered position that would provide colour and coverage throughout the year. I purchased a wide variety plants from both Lymefield Garden centre in Hyde and Glossop Garden centre. This included- variegated climbing ivy, trailing ivy, Carex Morrowii grass, Hosta, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Dicentra, Cranesbill, Euonymus, Hebe, various Geraniums and red Sedum-

Filling the containers with compost

Plants purchased
Plants purchased

I’m really pleased with the finished result. It creates a great focal point for the small back yard and makes use of what would otherwise be a dead space. In time as the plants grow they will fill the space and the Ivy will soften the back wall.

You may ask how this relates to Visual Merchandising? Well, all of the same principles apply, whether I’m planning an internal retail space, container garden, restaurant interior or styling an event. Size, scale, shape, colour, texture and the use of props & materials are all things to be considered in creating a wow factor to enhance a space.

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