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Pots and Water Features


  • Establish the size of your container garden. Make sure there is enough room in the garden pots for the plants and the soil. Take into account the mature size of the plants and their growing habits. Upright growers will need a wide base for balance. Sprawlers will need a garden pot deep enough to drape over. As the plants grow, the root systems will fill the garden pot and the soil will dry more quickly. It's OK to fill the diameter of the container with plants, but make sure there is plenty of room for the roots to move downward into soil.

  • Provide good drainage. Always have drainage holes or at the very least, a 15mm layer of gravel at the bottom of the container. If you are using a decorative pot without drainage holes, consider planting in a plastic pot with holes that is one size smaller than the decorative pot and using the plastic pot as an insert.

  • Soil requirements for container gardens. Use a good potting soil mix, not normal garden soil! A mix with peat, perlite or vermiculite will retain moisture longer and be well draining. It will also be lighter and won't compact as the season goes on. Using a chunky-style potting mix in container of 20 or more litres will help the soil mix remain loose even longer.

  • Choose plants with similar requirements in garden pots. You can select which plants need water and which to pass over. Not so with a container garden. Select plants that will be happy with the same amounts of water, sun, heat and food. Avoid aggressive spreaders that will compete with neighbouring plants and consider dwarf varieties.

  • Favour drought tolerant plants. Most container gardens are going to require daily watering in hot weather. Even so, there will be times when your potted plants are going to be baking in the sun. Give your garden pot a fighting chance by favouring plants that can handle the intensified heat and dry soil of a container garden.

  • Balance the size of your plants and your container. Container gardens look best when the plants are in balance with the garden pot. Try to make sure your tallest plants are not more than twice the height of the garden pot and that the fullness of the plant material is not more than half the width.

  • Judging sun exposure. Try not to site containers in full mid-day sun. You may have chosen plants that say they require full sun, but container gardens heat up much more quickly and intensely than in the ground gardens. Most plants will welcome some relief from mid-day sun. On the other hand, when you must position a container in the shade, consider putting it by a wall that can reflect some light back. The plants won't suffer from the extreme heat, but they will benefit from indirect light.

  • Watering container gardens. Lack of water can quickly kill plants in a container garden. Unlike plants grown in the ground, container plant roots can't move down deeply in search of subsurface water. Check your garden pots daily for water needs. Check twice daily in the heat of summer and with smaller pots.

  • Fertilising container gardens. Some potting mixes come with fertiliser already mixed in. Some don't. Either way, container plant roots can't spread out looking for additional food in the soil nearby, so you will need to replenish soil nutrients regularly. Good choices are a time released fertiliser mixed in when planting or a water soluble fertiliser every 2-4 weeks.

  • Keeping container gardens fresh. Don't be afraid to switch out plant material for the change of season. No plant can go on blooming forever. When one plant starts to fade, look for another to take its place. This way you can start your container garden in the spring and go until frost. Longer in warmer climates. With container gardens, sequence of bloom is entirely within the gardener's control."

Water features

Imagine having the unmatched serenity and elegance of a water feature in your own garden. The relaxing sound of a bubbling fountain is longer reserved for a fortunate select few, as Subtropical Garden & Pool Services cc offers a wide range of fibreglass, cement and artificial rock water fountains, stone fountain and outdoor water features, as well as mosaic pots which can be used to create an amazing water feature.Fear that your garden is too small to support a water feature? Rest assured, at Subtropical Garden & Pool Services cc, you are guaranteed to find a fountain that will suit your requirements. 

From self contained waterfalls and contemporary water features to wall fountains, Subtropical Garden & Pool Services cc truly has it all. Subtropical Garden & Pool Services cc also stocks a range of stainless steel weirs, used to create that perfect curtain of crystal clear water flowing into your pond or swimming pool. Simply by viewing the incredible range of water fountains that Subtropical Garden & Pool Services cc have to offer, you are sure to fall in love with the tranquillity and pride that comes with being the owner of a water feature.

Subtropical Garden & Pool Services cc also supplies a wide range of water fountain pumps, submersible pumps, swimming pool pumps and filters, as well as precision jet nozzles and fountain nozzles which produce a clear and wind stable jets of water. 

For those with a more whimsical nature, Subtropical Garden & Pool Services cc even offers LED pond lights to give your water feature a mystical quality.So no matter how big or small your project, Subtropical Garden & Pool Services cc is sure to provide for your every water feature need.