1. Prepare your soil
Dig up the dirt before you plant. This will loosen the ground, break up old plant roots and aerate the soil. It also gives you a chance to inspect your soil.
The dirt should not be too fine: if it feels more like dust than soil, you should add some organic matter. If it feels solid or clay-like, then break it up with a combination of sand and vermiculite/perilite. Generally, you should add a little organic matter every year.
2. Plan your plants
Work out where you want to have tall plants, where you want them to trail, and where you need groundcover. If you really want a color scheme, then decide on that first, too... But consider picking plants because you like them, rather than because they fit your color scheme. As a rule of thumb, put the taller plants at the back (or in the center), and the trailing plants at the edge.
3. Get planting
Lay out your plants - still in pots - where you think you want them. Step back, and make sure you are happy with how it looks.
When you are satisfied, take the plants out of their pots, and lay them as you designed. Starting with the center plant, part the soil with one hand and push the plant roots into the gap with your other hand. There should be little to no pressure put on the roots using this "part-then-plant" technique. Continue planting until your garden is full and colorful.
4. Root Enhancement
Water your new plants in thoroughly with water mixed with a rooting hormone. A product like Root Booster contains both a rooting hormone and fertiliser. The rooting hormone helps prevent transplant shock and pushes the growth of new roots. The fertilizer provides strength and nutrition to the whole plant, but concentrates on the root development.Â
Fertilize your plants with Natures Source plant food www.naturessourceplantfood.com Do so at least once a week, Try to keep your watering to evening time, when the heat of the afternoon sun has subsided.
Some plants need to be pruned through the summer, and some should have old blooms removed when they have flowered, to let them bloom again. Read the tags provided with the plants to see if you need to.