Containers

This page lists many of the plants I’ve written about that are suited to being grown in a container or planter.

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Agastache ‘Blackadder’ is a short lived, herbaceous perennial plant that produces aromatic leaves, which are beautifully complemented by spires of handsome blue coloured, edible flowers, during the summer months.  This is a super plant to grow for bees, butterflies, and hoverflies.  Agastache ‘Blackadder’ flowers provide…

If you’re looking to grow plants for bees and butterflies, you might be interested in this Allium.  ‘Gladiator’ attracts a wide range of bees and pollinating insects – I am certain that this plant will fulfil your requirements and may even surpass your expectations! ‘Gladiator’…

Allium ‘Globemaster’ is a stunning Allium with purple coloured, spherical flower heads, made up of many individual star-shaped flowers.  One of the taller Alliums, ‘Globemaster’ pops its head above lower growing plants.  These gorgeous globular flowers are held on tall sturdy stems that are usually…

Allium cristophii is a superb species of Allium that can be seen growing as a wildflower in Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Iran.  If you’re looking for plants to provide pollen and nectar for insects, you’ll be happy to hear that Allium cristophii flowers attract a wide…

Allium scorodoprasum ‘Art’ is an unusual looking Allium that produces small ‘flower heads’; each flower is made up of a collection of indigo coloured bulbils, interspersed with tiny mauve flower buds.  The flowers are held on thin, wiry stems that sway with the breeze. Flower…

Allium is a large genus of flowering plants, it features hundreds of Allium species and many hybrids.  Onions, spring onions, chives, garlic, and leeks are all part of the Allium family, as are many other plants, which are grown for their decorative flowers and seed…

Alpine strawberries or wild strawberries (also known by their botanical name Fragaria vesca) are small, low growing, plants that trail along the ground, spreading via runners; these pretty little plants can grow up to around 15cm (6 inches) tall.  I adore alpine strawberries!  These dainty…

Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana is an evergreen, mat forming, perennial plant, with finely cut silvery green leaves.  In May, June, and July, Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana produces pretty daisy flowers that grow to around 30cm (2ft) tall. Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana is a really useful drought…

The Asparagus Pea (also known by the botanical name Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) is a small, decorative plant with a naturally low growing habit.  When I first heard of the Asparagus Pea, I was so excited by the very idea of this plant.  I can remember reading…

Astrantia major ‘Ruby Wedding’ is a hardy perennial plant that blooms in the summertime, producing stunning ruby coloured, round, pincushion type flowers, so typical of Astrantia.  The flowers are popular with bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects.  Prompt deadheading of the spent Astrantia blooms…

Aubergines (also known as Eggplant or by the plant’s botanical name, Solanum melogena) are tender plants that need warmth and bright sunshine if they’re to thrive.  Sow aubergine seeds in pots of peat-free compost, inside a heated propagator or glasshouse, from January to April.  Ensure…

Blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) are hardy deciduous shrubs that thrive in warm and sunny, sheltered sites.  These naturally bushy plants will grow in almost any well-drained soil.  Blackcurrants enjoy regular watering throughout the summer months; these fruits will tolerate a wetter soil through the growing season,…

I love growing blueberries!  Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum and Vaccinium angustifolium) are deciduous shrubs that produce sublime tasting berries.  These handsome plants produce tasty fruit but they bring added interest to the garden with their intriguing white, bell-shaped flowers, which are adored by bees in springtime…

Broad Bean ‘Robin Hood’ is a dwarf broad bean.  If you’re looking for vegetables to grow in containers, Broad bean ‘Robin Hood’ is an ideal choice.  Broad Bean ‘Robin Hood’ is a green seeded broad bean, which grows to just 30-40cm (12-16 inches) tall. In…

Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’ is a hardy shrub that produces violet coloured flowers, during the summer months.  This Buddleja cultivar was a chance seedling that was discovered growing near other Buddleja cultivars, in Ellen Hornig’s garden, in New York, America.  Hence, Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’ is named…

Buddleja ‘Pink Delight’ is a fully hardy, medium sized shrub with a naturally bushy habit.  This Buddleja cultivar produces panicles of pink, scented flowers, over a long period, during the summer time.  To extend your plant’s flowering, be prompt in actively dead-heading your Buddleja plant’s…

Calendula officinalis, is a short lived perennial, (it’s usually treated as a hardy annual) which can be sown outside, directly where you want the plant to flower.  I find that March through until June is usually the best time to sow seed of Calendula in…

Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is a hardy annual, which produces flowers with either yellow or brown centres, all of which are circled with lemon yellow petals, which become paler in colour as the flowers age. Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is an easy to grow plant, which can…

Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY (‘Kercalsun’) (PowerDaisy Series) came third, in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016 Competition.  Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY flowers continuously, from March to November, in all weather conditions.  This new Calendula is virtually sterile, so it won’t set seed all…

Carrot ‘Oxheart’, or Daucus carota ‘Oxheart’ is an old French carrot cultivar that grows well in both sandy soils and heavier soils.  These stump rooted carrots are are well suited to growing in containers, or in shallow, stony soils.  Although this is a stump rooted…

Carrot ‘Short n Sweet’ (Daucus carota ‘Short n Sweet’) is a brand new carrot from Burpee Europe that has been especially bred to cope with poor and heavy soils.  These carrots produce orange-coloured, small sized carrots that tend to produce carrots measuring up to 10cm…

Centaurea nigra has many common names, including Hardheads, Common Knapweed, and Lesser Knapweed.  This hardy perennial can be found growing as a wildflower across Europe.  Plants don’t need any special care, making these herbaceous perennials great plants to grow in containers, or as part of…

Chilli pepper ‘Draky’ (Capsicum annuum) is a chilli pepper that produces large-sized chilli peppers that ripen from green to red.  ‘Draky’ chilli pepper plants are cone-shaped, because of their size and shape, ‘Draky’ chilli peppers resemble a sweet pepper in their appearance.  These chillies are…

Chilli Pepper ‘Pepperilli’ (Capsicum Pepperilli™ TZ 5488 F1) is an attractive and productive chilli pepper with large-sized chillies that ripen from green to red.  ‘Pepperilli’ makes a superb container plant for planters filled with peat-free growing media, but in summertime ‘Pepperilli’ plants can also be…

Chilli Pepper ‘Sivri Biber’ (Capsicum annuum) produces long and slender chillies that are a popular ingredient in Turkish cuisine.  ‘Sivri Biber’ chilli peppers are blessed with a sweet and mellow flavour.  They are usually considered as mild flavoured chillies, but heat levels vary; older ‘Sivri…

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