My backyard is boring and I don’t have a green thumb! I blame most of that on my lack of watering skills, I simply forget to water things. In preparation for an end of year pool party next week, I decided to create some potted plants to help decorate the pool area. Since we’re in Florida, I had to add some tiki torches because the skeeters are really bad right now.
- Pot or container of choice. (Big Lots $20/each)
- Potting soil. (Lowe’s $1.18/bag)
- Plants and flowers of choice. (Mixed annuals $1-2/each)
- Tiki Torch (Lowe’s $3.50)
To put it all together I added the potting soil to the bottom of the pot and filled about 2/3 of the way to the top. Then I arranged the plants in the pot and filled in with the remaining potting soil. Finally, I added the tiki torch to the pot. Water thoroughly and add to the desired location outside.
For these pots I used Spike Dracaena (the grassy looking tall plant in the middle), Coleus (the green leafy non-flowering plant), and Begonia (the flowering plant for color). These are all annuals and will only last for the season, but they will fill in the rest of the space in the pot in just a few weeks. All of the supplies cost around $30 for each pot.
For added mosquito repellent you could use plants that naturally repel mosquitoes like citronella grass, lavender, rosemary and basil. I may go back to Lowe’s this weekend and add a few small lavender plants to these.
Now let’s just hope the storm in the Gulf doesn’t mess up our pool party plans for Tuesday afternoon.
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