Planting an Autumn water butt

As the weather gets colder we planted a selection of plants that will look great through Autumn and into Winter.black water butt installed on a paving slab with a rainwater diverter connected to a black downpipe

We find it helpful to take a water butt planter along to the garden centre to help judge how may plants we will need. Selection of plants in a trolley at a garden centre. plants include heuchera and ornamental grass

Once we have all our plants we lay them out and then place them into the water butt planters in their pots to get a layout we are happy with before we start planting the new plants into the the water butt planters.

plants and compost laid out with a trowel compost and gardening gloves

plant labels and tags from everything we are going to plant

This is what we have chosen to plant:-

  • HeucheraPalace Purple
  • Uncinia  Rubra
  • Pansy  Premier F1
  • Carex – Comans Brinze
  • Lavender  Vera
  • Cerastium – Tomentosum
  • Santolina – Lemon Fizz
  • Carex – Flagellifera
  • Carex – Comans Green
  • Ivy Hedera Genus

festive black planters on a water butt

Once we are happy with how the planting display looks all the plants are carefully planted in the clip on planters with a multi-purpose compost. Dont forget to put the capillary mats provided into the planters green/grey side up before adding the compost.

black water butt with festive planters at the front of a red brick house

The finished result, a water butt that looks fantastic where ever you choose to put it. This example is placed at the front of a property.


Sarah Brayshaw
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