Ignite the Fire(pit)!

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By Carmen Johnston, Garden Lifestyle Expert, The Southern Living Plant Collection.

 

Ignite the Fire(pit)! This shallow fire pit pairs well with shrubs that don't like wet feet, like Purple Pixie Loropetalum, and other drought tolerant plants.

Here's what you will need to get started:

  • 29" round wrought iron fire pit
  • Spray point (Satin Aqua and Key Lime shown here)
  • River rock
  • Potting soil
  • 1- 'Lemon Lime' Nandina
  • 2- Purple Pixie® Loropetalum
  • 2- Evercolor® 'Everillo' Carex
  • Pansies

 

How to create a fire pit garden planter:

Step 1: Spray paint the bowl of the fire pit and allow to dry for 24 hours. (Tip: don't forget to drill 2-3 holes in the bottom if your fire pit is not pre-drilled.)

Step 2: When the paint is completely dry, fill the base of the fire pit with river rock.

Step 3: Cover the river rock with several inches of soil, ensuring enough space is left for planting.

Step 4:  Remove the 'Lemon Lime' Nandina from its original pot and place towards the back of the fire pit, add soil around plant as needed.

Step 3: Remove one of the Evercolor® 'Everillo' Carex from its original pot and place in front of and to the left of the 'Lemon Lime' Nandina.

Step 4: Remove the remaining Evercolor® 'Everillo' Carex from its original pot and place in front of and to the right of the 'Lemon Lime' Nandina.

Step 4: Remove the pansies from their original pot and place in the middle of the planting, between the two Evercolor® 'Everillo' Carex.

Step 5: Remove both Purple Pixie® Loropetalum plants from their original pots and place in front of the pansies.

Want more? Check out Carmen's page for more how-to's and garden inspiration.

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