Plant Suggestions For A Claw Tub

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I have a claw bath tub from family. I want to put it on a small patio and put flowers in it. I have guest coming in August. Any ideas for a quick beauty tip on plants to grow in tub. Also thought about growing herbs in it. thought I would use different pots to put various plants in.

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Sandy McGinnis

Sandy McGinnis · Gardenality Bloom · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
I would be interested in the answer to the Claw Tub planter question too. Linda, create a virtual garden for this project so we can see the progress!

11 years ago ·
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Answer #1 · Tina Lenox's Answer · What a wonderfully unique idea you have there. There are a million things you can do. Your herb garden idea is something that is not only useful and attractive but is something that can be very delightful to smell, especially on a patio. What a great location.

I work at Wilson Brothers Nurseries. I can't speak for all nurseries but I think you'll probably find some great deals at any nursery you go to at this time of year. I know that in July, we mark all of our annuals and tropical s 50% off. More than half of our perennials are 50% off and our herbs are 75%off. This is all in preparation for the Fall season to make room for our mums, pansies, snapdragons and etc. that start coming in the first of September.

You can mix an assortment of herbs with annuals and tropical s. One way of doing it would be with different heights. If your tub is going to be against a wall then you could put your taller flowers or herbs in the back. If the tub is going to be viewed from all sides then you'll want to put your tall plants in the center. Then, using different textures and color, step it down to a shorter plant. Around the edges I would use some trailing plants that would hang over and cascade down the sides of the tub.

This is primarily the way that I do a lot of my large pots. You can create a whole garden in one container. I'll give you some example of one. I'm not sure what you'll be able to find at this time of the season but most things will probably be larger than usual and will benefit you with your objective of wanting it to look well and establish by August. (Your choices will depend on whether your tub is in sun or shade.) I'll give you examples of both......

For height in the back or in the center I use: ornamental grasses such as Fountain Grass, Papyrus, Coleus, New Guinea Impatiens, Pineapple Sage, Basil, Cilantro, Fennel, etc. (really, just anything tall)

For the next step down: Vinca, Impatiens, Salvia, Begonias, oregeno, etc.

For the trailing and cascading over the edge: Wave Petunias, Verbenas, Portulaca, Ivy,etc.

If you choose to design a garden based on heights, you can also use your pots to adjust your heights. When purchasing your plants don't forget to check the tag for the heights and whether they take sun or shade.

Regardless of what you end up doing with your tub garden, after you've planted it please create a Virtual Garden of it and upload pictures to it. Take a before and after shot and then one later on when it's filled out nicely. This will show others who see your garden how they can be successful growing flowers too. To create a Virtual Garden, go to your My Garden Homepage and then click on the My Gardens & Gardening tab. Then you'll select Create A New Garden. You can name the garden something like "Garden Tub" or whatever you want and even provide a description.

I know that whatever you do, it will look great simply because it is so unique. I hope this has been of some help to you and if you have any other questions please ask. I'll be looking forward to see what you decided to plant in your bath tub. Good Luck!)

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