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Container Gardening Guide

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Easy, eye-catching and fun, container plants are a great way to extend your garden and dress up your outdoor area. We've got some great ideas for container planters you can easily make at home. Create drama at your entrance with potted plants flanking your front door, add some aromatic green herbs to the top of your outdoor table and adorn your deck with a grouping of striking shrubs, grasses and colourful flowers. 


Shopping list: a selection of plants: shrubs and grasses, flower seedlings, herb seedlings, succulent plants, Tui Pot Power, Tui Herb Mix, Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic, and Scotts Osmocote Pots, Planters & Indoors.

These elegant tall white pots planted with Tibouchina, a flowering annual shrub, turn an uninteresting entrance way into a stylish feature.

Have fresh herbs at your fingertips on your outdoor table and add interesting structure with succulents.

Plant a mixture of shrubs, flowers and grasses to add interest, texture and contrast. For these stunning containers we’ve paired Ficus 'Tuffy' with white cyclamen flowers, and Nandina (an evergreen shrub with a red hue) with a textured grass. Grouping container plants along one side of your deck creates a homely, mini-garden vibe.  

To create these looks follow our simple planting steps below.


1. Make sure that you place your containers in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. At least five hours sunlight a day is recommended and as many hours as you can for fruiting plants!

2. Like building a house a good foundation is the key to success in your garden. The better the soil, the better your plants will grow. Healthy soil is especially important when growing in a limited area. When planting in pots or containers, choose a potting mix that is free draining and is suited to what you are planting.

  • Tui Pot Power a premium, lightweight and free draining potting mix. It contains the added benefit of Acadian seaweed to stimulate root development and improve overall plant health and a controlled release fertiliser to feed your plants for up to six months. It also contains water storing granules for improved water holding capacity and SaturAid wetting agent to spread water evenly to the root zone.
  • You can also choose a mix specially designed for what you are planting e.g. Tui Herb Mix for garden-fresh herbs. Tui Herb Mix is a high quality planting mix containing the right blend of nutrients to provide your herbs with the best possible start and sustained growth for continuous harvesting.

The right container

3. In addition to the perfect potting mix, the perfect container has to be chosen. Ask garden centre staff for advice or research the recommended sizes for particular plants, and always make sure containers have plenty of drainage. Keep in mind plants grown in containers dry out quicker than garden plants so regular watering is needed.


4. Select your plants. A useful system to follow is to plant a 'Feature', 'Filler' and a 'Spiller' in larger pots. E.g. a fruit tree as the 'Feature', lavendar as a 'Filler', and then a flowering plant which will 'Spill' over the edge of the container.

Good options for containers include:

  • Shrubs and grasses: Tibouchina, Nandina, Ficus 'Tuffy' are great shrub options.
  • Herbs: coriander, basil, rosemary, sage, thyme.
  • Succulents.
  • Flowers: plant a variety of flowers - cyclamen, marigold, petunia and lavender are all good options.
  • Dwarf trees.

Directions for planting shrubs, trees and flowers in containers:

5. Water plants thoroughly before potting and allow to drain.

6. Partly fill your container with Tui Pot Power.

7. Before potting, soak plants in a bucket of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic and allow to drain. This will help prevent transplant shock.

8. Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position the plant in the container. If planting multiple plants, space accordingly in the container.

9. Fill your container with Tui Pot Power up to 3cm from the top.

10. Press soil gently around the base of the plant.

11. Water plants well after planting.

Directions for planting herbs and succulents in containers:

12. Water plants thoroughly before potting and allow to drain.

13. Partly fill your container with Tui Herb Mix.

14. Before potting, soak plants in a bucket of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic and allow to drain. This will help prevent transplant shock.

15. Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position the plant in the container.

16. Fill your container with Tui Herb Mix up to 3cm from the top.

17. Tap the container gently on the ground to settle the mix.

18. Press soil gently around the base of the plant.

19. Water your plants well after planting.


20. Feed your plants and they will reward you. Plants use nutrients from the soil as they grow. A controlled release fertiliser within your potting mix will provide nutrients and some mixes such as Tui Pot Power keep feeding for up to six months. Continuing to replenish nutrients will ensure your plants remain healthy. Scotts Osmocote Pots, Planters & Indoors is an all purpose controlled release fertiliser for plants in containers. 

21. Soil in containers dries out quicker than soil in the garden. SaturAid granular soil wetter helps to prevent this. All Tui potting mixes contain SaturAid - it channels water to the root zone where it is needed most. Apply every season to further enhance water absorption and retention.

22. Plants grown in containers require regular watering. It is best to water deeply twice a week rather than a little each day to encourage deep roots. Water in the morning or evening to avoid water evaporation. 

Well watered, well nourished plants will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.