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Suitable plants for container planting

Shrubs for permanent planting in medium and large tubs

Top fruit on dwarfing rootstocks. Not very windy sites.
Small acer (maple) species. Not very windy sites.
Aucuba (spotted laurel).
Bay {Laurus nobilis).
Berberis (barberry).
Camellias. Cool sites, ericaceous compost and lime-free water needed, not for exposed positions.
Ceanothus (Californian lilac). Not very windy sites.
Choisya ternata (Mexican orange blossom). Not very windy sites.
Cistus (sun rose). Not very windy sites.
Cotoneaster.
Daphne. Not cold or windy sites.
Elaeagnus (oleaster).
Escallonia. Not cold sites.
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Maintenance of containers

Maintenance of containers

In winter, very little need be done if suitable containers were used in the first place and the planting done properly. Large, heavy stone troughs, tubs, etc., should not freeze solid except under very extreme conditions. Cheaper, thin concrete and plastic containers can freeze through in certain circumstances and therefore if the plants in them are somewhat choice and if it is at all possible, they should be placed in …Read More

How to plant up tubs, troughs and other containers (including solid hanging baskets and pots)

If you are only using your container for a temporary display — for example, summer bedding and winter/spring bedding (not hanging pots for the latter), a good soil-less compost will be quite adequate. In a reasonably large tub, or whatever, you can usually get two consecutive plantings from one fill-up of compost — say, a spring bedding scheme of wallflowers and bulbs followed by a summer one of geraniums, French …Read More

Wall Containers

Wall containers

Again, there is a wide choice available and while it is possible to improvise by screwing or suspending plastic food containers and the like on the wall, much more of the receptacle can be seen than in the case of those which stand on the ground, and improvised ones can look rather shoddy so it is perhaps better not to spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar.

Containers suitable for …Read More

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Gardening on sandy soil

Our customer service advisors have informed us that recently they have had enquiries from some of our customers about gardening on sandy soil (also known as light soil).

The advantages of sandy soil:
The soil is porous – porous soils are well aerated, therefore excess water drains easily avoiding water logged roots. Sandy soil is also easy to work with.

The disadvantages:
The soil is often poor in minerals and can often be very …Read More

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Free standing containers

In theory, as long as a thing is capable of holding a reasonable amount of compost, you can grow something in it, and you do not have to spend a lot of money on something specifically designed for the purpose. Here are a few ideas for improvised containers:

Plastic and metal ice cream and other large catering containers

These are not suitable for using outside in winter because frost can penetrate easily, …Read More

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Living plant of the month for November: Bromelia

A strong masculine plant, but also very colourful. A well-known plant from South and Central America by origin. We are talking about the houseplant Bromeliad, a real tropical surprise that complements any interior colour! Very suitable for this “grey and dull” autumn month, and therefore named as Houseplant of the month for November.

Easy temperament

The exotic bromeliad consists of a ‘funnel’ of leaves, therefore also known as the ‘funnel plant’. The …Read More

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The Invisible Garden continued

Mobile homes
Some sites allocate a small amount of garden per unit, but if the site owner or local authority prefers the public open-plan approach to the overall landscaping, there is usually still enough space around the home – on the paths, sitting-out areas, etc., to grow a wide range of plants in containers. Some mobile home manufacturers actually incorporate window boxes or other planting areas into their designs. The walls …Read More

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The Invisible Garden

Unless you are an obsessive plantsman, or want to spend every waking minute in an intimate relationship with the soil — and if you are, you would not have needed this blog in the first place — there is no need to feel deprived if you have, or intend to have, a home with no garden in the accepted sense.
As living space in the twentieth century has become increasingly at …Read More

Choosing a summerhouse

Inspect your prospective purchase for workmanship. If you are satisfied on all counts in that respect, the choice is up to you. Again, you will find a larger one of more use, as you will wish to furnish it with garden chairs, a table, and other items to make outdoor living more comfortable.
Uses. Many people buy a summerhouse intending it to double up as a shed, but if you want …Read More