Garden Tubs and Planters
Tubs, large pots and vases are now frequently used to decorate a paved terrace adjoining the house, or for growing plants whereconditions are unfavourable. The position of the containers can be rearranged during the year to produce new effects.
Although tubs of oak, teak or stone are available ready for planting, less expensive and equally effective ones can be made from large wine casks sawn in half. Treat the inside of each tub with Cuprinol, bore holes in the bottom for, and fix castors underneath for easy movement. If castors are not used, stand the tubs on bricks or wooden blocks to ensure drainage and aeration. Paint the outside of the tubs.
When the tubs are in position, put a 2- or 3-in. layer of crocks in the bottom of each, add some chopped turves, and fill with John Innes potting compost No. 2. Be sure to use only good soil in tubs. Give the compost a good soaking and allow it to drain before planting.
Regular watering is essential for all plants in tubs, together with a fortnightly dose of liquid manure during the growing season. Once a year, remove the top 2 or 3 in. of soil, and replace it with a fresh mixture, preferably John Innes potting compost No. 2 mixed with peat, some vermiculite, which helps to retain moisture, and a handful of fine bone meal. Make sure that the drainage is adequate, that all brackets and bands are sound, and that the castors work easily. Give the tubs a coat of paint to freshen them up for a new season.
The following plants are recommended for cultivation in tubs:
A. campanulatus (syn. A. umbellatus mooreanus)
Lilies such as Lilium regale, L. speciosum
Acer palmalum (Japanese maple)
Camellia japonica, C. williamsii Donation
Laurus nobilis (sweet bay)
Malus Prunus. Among the prunus that can be grown in tubs are dwarf Japanese cherries; trained eating cherries; almonds, including the dwarf Russian almond; nectarines; and peaches, such as Peregrine and Hale’s Early.
Pyrus (dwarf, trained pears)