As the weather gets colder we planted a selection of plants that will look great through Autumn and into Winter.
We find it helpful to take a water butt planter along to the garden centre to help judge how may plants we will need.
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.
This is what we have chosen to plant:-
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.
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.
The kids at Lady Elizabeth Hastings school in Thorp Arch near Wetherby have a great new activity garden built by a team of willing Parents. They have no water supply down there so they’ve built a Playhouse to collect rainwater in their Rainwater Terraces. They can’t wait to get planting!
Rainwater Terrace water butts come in a range of sizes that includes this low level water butt which is the perfect height for children to get involved in recycling rainwater whilst growing herbs, flowers and salad vegetables in the self watering planter pods.
In long dry spells you may need to top up the water in the Planter trays that the side and top planters take their water from. Hopefully you can use water stored in the Rainwater Terrace but if not just use tap water. Each tray holds about 2.5 litres of water before it overflows into the container below.
Rainwater Terrace made it in to 10 of the best water butts put together by Gardeners World.
Find out who else made it here - 10 of the Best Water Butts to Buy - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine (gardenersworld.com)
We love to shout about how great we think Rainwater Terrace water butts are but we love it even more when we receive such great feedback from our valued customers.
Don't take our word for it, see what some of our customers think.
Verified customer reviews received between 2015 and 2021.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2015
When installing a Rainwater Terrace water butt its good to know each water butt comes with a rainwater diverter which fits (65mm square and 68mm round downpipes) and a water butt stand.
It is essential that you set a Rainwater Terrace water butt up on a hard flat level surface, we recommend a 600mm x 600mm paving slab this is because when full a 200 litre water can weigh around 250kg
Each water butt kit comes with a top planter, side planters and capillary mats which ensure the plants can wick water from the water trays at each level.
With the current warm dry weather in the UK and the threat of hosepipe bans now could be the perfect time to install a water butt ready for the next rainfall. An average UK roof can collect 24000 litres (Quote RHS -Even in dryer parts of the country, the Royal Horticultural Society says 24,000 litres of water could be collected each year from the roof of an average house.)
When installing a water butt we often look for places that are hidden away for example behind a shed or greenhouse or down the side of a garage out of sight, this often means that the water butt and its store of fresh rainwater is simply forgotten about.
Rainwater Terrace water butts address this issue, our water butts look great installed or a patio or at the front of a property, they can be made in to a stunning feature by planting them with cascading trailing greenery and flowers.
Try planting up with plants that you would usually plant in a hanging basket such as :-
Petunia – trailing,
Begonia – trailing,
Pelargonium – Ivy leaf,
Dichondra 'Silver Falls’
Verbena, Fuchsia – trailing
Regular dead heading with ensure flowering all summer long keeping the water butt planters looking fantastic.