Step 1: Choose a tall container with an opening that is at least 14 inches wide. Use a pot with a drainage hole for best watering practices.
Step 2: Fill about 2/3 of the container with Pike Potting & Container Soil. Place a coffee filter over the drainage hole first to prevent dirt from spilling out.
Step 3: Mix in 3/4 of a cup of Dr. Earth's Root Zone organic starter fertilizer. This helps prevent transplant shock and gives new plants a jumpstart on growth.
Step 4: Place the small arborvitae in the center/back of the container as the “thriller.”
Step 5: Place the helleborus (aka lenten rose) and the purple leucothoe next to the arborvitae.
Step 6: Add more soil around the root balls of the larger arborvitae, helleborus and leucothoe so the remaining smaller plants won’t sink too far down into the pot.
Step 7: Plant the pansy and the variegated pachysandra around the larger plants as “fillers.”
Step 8: Add the carex grass as the “spiller” close to the container edge.
Step 9: Fill in any spaces with potting soil as needed and then water in everything. Water at the soil level (never overhead – this encourages disease). When water starts to drain from the bottom stop and let the pot drain completely. You’re done!
Care Instructions: Feel soil several inches down twice a week. If the soil feels dry, it's time to water. If the soil feels moist, do not water & check again the following day. When temperatures get warm, simply replace the pansies with another full sun annual.
About some of the plants in this container: Arborvitae is an evergreen conifer that will eventually reach 15 feet tall (over many years). You can enjoy it for a long time in a mixed container, and once it grows larger you can move it to a pot by itself (great choice for a topiary) or plant it in your yard. Helleborus is a perennial flower with evergreen foliage. Once the blooms are done for the season, you can keep the plant in the pot as a foliage filler, or transplant it to a shady spot in your yard and enjoy its blooms next winter. Leucothoe is a low-growing small shrub often used as a groundcover. It has stunning winter foliage (as you can see) and produces drooping clusters of blooms in spring. As it grows larger you can transfer it to a larger mixed container or place it in a partial shade area of your yard, like under a tree.