Plants for Containers

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Plants that are suitable for growing in containers are either small in habit or very slow growing. Check where the container is to be located for sun or shade, and select plants that grow best in these conditions. As a general rule the new container should be at least 2-3 sizes larger than the one the plant is growing in. There should be space around the roots for sufficient compost to support the plant's growth for at least 2-3 years. Once the root ball fills the pot it will be difficult to keep the plant properly watered, and it should then be repotted with fresh compost.

In winter, group together container plants close to the house, removing any saucers from underneath and lift up onto pot feet. 

Contact our Plants team on 01223 842777 for further advice on the plants we have available today. 


Perennials

Perennials are a good option for adding a hint of colour to your garden displays whilst attracting bees and butterflies. If looked after correctly, these plants will give you a lot back. They will grow back each year ready for the Spring season.

Some of the varieties we offer instore include: 

Agapanthus, Aster, Campanula, Chrysanthemum, Coreopsis, Epimedium, Erigeron, Erysimum, Gaura, Gazania, Helleborus, Heuchera, Hosta, Nemesia, Osteopermum, Primula, Salvia, Sedum (Hylotelephium), Tiarella, Verbena.


Choosing your Container

As a general rule the new container should be at least 2–3 sizes larger than the one the plant is growing in. There should be space around the roots for sufficient compost to support the plant’s growth for at least 2–3 years. Once the root ball fills the pot it will be difficult to keep the plant properly watered, and it should then be repotted with fresh compost.


Shrubs

A shrub (or bush) is a small to medium-sized perennial woody plant. Unlike herbaceous plants, shrubs have persistent woody stems above the ground. They are distinguished from trees by their multiple stems and shorter height (less than 6 m-10 m [20 ft–33 ft] tall).Small shrubs, less than 2 m (6.6 ft) tall are sometimes termed subshrubs.

Some of the varieties we offer instore include: 

Acer*, Buddleja ‘Buzz’ Series, Buxus, Camellia (ericaceous), Choisya, Convulvulus, Deutzia*, Erica, Euonymus, Fatsia, Fuchsia, Hebe, Hydrangea*, Ilex, Lavandula, Nandina, Phormium, Pieris, Pittosporum*, Prunus incisa, ‘Kojo-no-mai’, Rhododendron* (ericaceous), Rosa*, Santolina, Skimmia (ericaceous), Yucca


Climbers and wall shrubs

Climbers can be great space savers for smaller gardens. They will grow up walls, across trellis's and over unsightly garden features. Wall shrubs will tackle this same requirement, but will require a little more ground space than true climbers. 

Some of the varieties we offer instore include:

Abutilon, Clematis*, Trachelospemum

 


Planting

Place a layer of drainage material in the base of the pot; using pebbles, polystyrene or broken up old terracotta pots. This will prevent the holes in the base of the pot from becoming blocked with compost, and allows water to drain through.

A member of the Outdoor Plant team can advise on the benefits of different types of composts and help you select the one most suitable for your plants. It is very important to ensure that plants in pots are watered regularly, more so in warm or windy weather.


Ferns

Ferns are non-flowering plants that reproduce via spores. They are commonly found in woodlands, as many species are shade tolerant and can grow year round, making them a good option to keep a level of green present all year round. 

Some of the varieties we offer instore include:

Adiantum, Dryopteris, Polypodium, Polystichum, and more.


Bulbs

Bulbs give you a world of opportunity. Every plant and flower will have different requirements when it comes to growing directly from a bulb, so its always best to consult the individual method shown with that bulb. If treated right, you can create a garden from scratch to suit your core desires and invite a wealth of wildlife to join you. 

Some of the varieties we offer instore include:

Crocus, Cyclamen, Dahlia, Hyacinthus, Iris*, Lilium, Muscari, Narcissus, Nerine, Scilla, Tulipa and many more.


Aftercare

Use a slow release feed annually in spring to add nutrients to the compost. Plants will grow and flower better when regularly fed. For long term planting in containers remove the top layer of compost (taking care not to damage roots), and replace with fresh compost every spring.

Raise planters up on pot feet or bricks in the autumn. This ensures that water drains away from the base of the pot, which is less likely to freeze in winter and potentially kill the roots.


*Not all varieties are suitable, please see a member of our Outdoor Plant team for advice and more information.

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