Rainwater Terrace water butt planters can be planted all year round, adding a splash of colour with some winter flowering plants and mixed greenery can brighten up your Rainwater Terrace on a grey winters day.
Some great plants to try :-
Erica carnea (winter-flowering heathers)
Hedera (ivy) (or any trailing variety)
Carex (ornamental sedge)
Primula (primulas and polyanthus)
Carex ‘Frosted Curls’
Cineraria Silver Dust
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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.
Plastic water butts don’t have to be ugly and hidden away.
Design 4 plastics have developed their own parented Rainwater Terrace water butt in response to the SuDS (Sustainable drainage system) Initiatives.
The current dry weather is brining into sharp focus the importance of saving rainwater with the potential for hosepipe bans, parched gardens and flash flowing when it does eventually rain.
Rainwater Terrace collects and stores rainwater for watering those thirsty plants, keeps it fresh and bedecked with plants, becomes a useful feature rather than an eyesore.
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Installing a water butt can be a great way to keep lawns and plants hydrated in the dry summer months, a water butt can easily fill in a few hours with light rainfall.
In the current hot dry weather it does not take long for lawns to turn brown, with the rising cost of water it can become expensive to use a hosepipe daily. Installing a water butt provides you with a free source of natural rainwater to use on the garden.
Rainwater Terrace water butts exhibiting at the RHS Spring flower show 26th - 29th April 2018 in Harrogate.
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