Return to the Container Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

First timer needs help - Planting multiple perrenials in a Barrel

Posted by marstar 9 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 30, 11 at 20:22


I am planting a few flower plants in a very large whisky barrel and I am very nervous about transplanting all these plants. I am new to gardening and very excited about learning but I just don't want to learn the hard way so I thought to get input from the pros. When I moved into the house I bought, they left wood barrels everywhere. The soil seems pretty good but there were weeds that I removed, my husband said to remove all the old soil but nursery says to leave it. I took out half the soil that was left in the barrel and put in EB Stone container soil, but didn't mix it with the old soil, should I? Also, the barrel is located in morning sun with some early evening sun, maybe 4-5 hours of total sun.

I am thinking about planting the following:

2 tall foxglove plants
4 snapdragons that I purchased in a six pack
2 evolution blue salvia
Possibly 1 medium trailing lobelia
and maybe 2 small cora white vinca came in 6 pack-I really dont know if that is going to look good or not
3 dahlia
2 zinnia

I have no idea if this is too many plants and if I should leave any of them out. I really wanted to add something soft like grass or some ivy but didn't know which one and thought maybe it was an overkill.

I was told to put in Osmocote flower fertilizer and Sure start, but I hear different things from different nurseries, so I am really confused and don't want my money I spent on these flowers to go down the drain. The soil I purchased said I didn't need to fertilize until 90 days but to use sure start.

If anyone can give me some tips and/or things to avoid, I would be so grateful!! : )

Thank you

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: First timer needs help - Planting multiple perrenials in a Ba

Ok I'll do it. I think nobody is saying anything because all of the plants you listed would likely suffer from lack of sunlight in your barrel, except the lobelia. Early morning and late afternoon sun is not very strong, and the plants you listed really all need at least 6 hours of stronger sunlight. I might try the lobelia, foxglove, vinca, but the others I think will disappoint you in such a shady spot.

Since it is mostly in the shade, I would recommend a lot of white and/or very light colored flowers, and variegated foliage, which show up well. How about some of the taller begonias, caladiums, coleus, impatiens, maybe some tradescantia, sweet potato vine and/or pothos trailing out of it?

RE: First timer needs help - Planting multiple perrenials in a Ba

Thank you for responding, I didn't think anyone would!! : ) I had a feeling I was doing something wrong. I am going to be moving the barrel to spot that gets a lot of sunlight, didn't want to do this since its so heavy but my plants will hopefully thank me. After doing much research, I realized that I might be putting too much in the barrel. The zinnias and dahlias spread pretty wide. Thank you so much for your great suggestions on other plants as I need to fill in two barrels I have in shady areas.

RE: First timer needs help - Planting multiple perrenials in a Ba

You're welcome. I like to think of better/not-as-good instead of the terms right/wrong. Don't give yourself a hard time, and your plan sounds great. Hope you have somebody to help you move that!

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Container Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here