As some of us downsize and others move into their first apartment – here’s a way to take your garden with you. What about a blast of colour on your balcony or a welcoming container of potted iris at your front door? Iris do very well in containers and now is a great time to plant up a pot or two.
If you have tall bearded iris, you need a pot at least 30cm in size – larger if you want to pack a bit of colour in there. Choose a good quality potting mix and put your pots in an open sunny position where they will get some winter cold. Plants in containers need to be watered a little more often, but be careful not to overwater.
Irises in pots will also require a little more attention than those in the garden. It is best to dig them up and divide each year after flowering in December or January. This is also a good time to add some all-purpose fertiliser or Seasol.
Daylilies also do well in pots – a sunny aspect will bring out their best colours, particularly if it is a light coloured daylily.
Once the flowers start to appear, move your pot to the desired position, and wait for the compliments!