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Containers

Containers full of plants can brighten patios, courtyards and balconies.  These situations are often sheltered and sunny, so use large containers which retain more moisture than smaller ones.  Small trees, conifers or shrubs in small groups, together with perennials, will give long term intrest in shape and foliage, with periods of flowering.  For colourful displays, plant spring-flowering bulbs, followed by petunias and tagetes, which flower throughout 

SHRUBS:

Buxus sempervirens (Common box)
Bushy, rounded shrub or small tree with glossy, dark green leaves.

Erica (Heather)

Fuchsias

Hebes

Hydrangeas

Lavendula

Myrtus communis (Common myrtle)
Evergreen, bushy shrub with aromatic, glossy, dark-green foliage. Fragrant white flowers from mid-spring to early summer. H & S 3m (10ft)

Pittosporum

Rhododendrons (most)

Roses (most)

Santolina (Cotton lavender)
Compact, rounded shrub producing white-woolly young shoots, densely covered with slender, grey-white leaves. Bright yellow flowerheads in mid and late summer. H 50cm (20in) S 1m (3ft)

Senico (Shrubby species)

Spirea


Viburnum tinis
Evergreen, bushy, dense shrub with oval, dark green leaves. Freely produced flat heads of small white blooms open during late winter and spring.
H & S 3m (10ft)
 

TREES:

Cordyline australis  and cultivars (Cabbage Palm)
Slow-growing, evergreen, splarsly branched tree.  Each stem is crowned by a rosette of strap-shaped leaves.

Ficus (Fig) most

Ilex aquifolium and cultivars (common holly)
Evergreen and much branhcd. Has variably shaped, wavy, sharply spined, glossy dark green leaves and red berries.

Laurus nobilis (Bay)
Oval, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves are very aromatic and used in cooking. Small, star shaped, pale yellow flowers in spring.

Malus (small species and cultivars)

Olea europaea (Olive)
Slow growing and evergreen with oblong grey-green leaves.  Tiny, fragrant, white flowers in late summer, followed by edible fruits.

Phoenix canariensis (Canary Island date palm)

Prunus (Small species and cultivars)

Sorbus (small species and cultivars)

Washingtonia

BULBS, CORMS AND TUBERS:

Amaryllis belladonna


Childanthus fragrans


Crocus angustifolium


Crocus longiflorus


Freesia (most)


Hyacinthus orientalis and cultivars


Hymenocallis (Spiderlily)


Lilies (several)


Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)


Ornithogalum arabicum
 

CLIMBERS:

Clematis (small varities)

Cobaea scandens (Cup-and-saucer vine)

Hedera helix and cultivars (Ivy)

Ipomoea 

Jasminium (Jasmine)

Lathyrus (Everlasting Sweetpea)

Lonicera (Honeysuckle)

Passiflora (Passion flower)

 

 

PERENNIALS:

 

Agapanthus

 

Bergenia (Elephants ears)

Hemerocallis (Daylilles)

 

Geraniums

Geums
 

Hostas

Primulas (Tall species and cultivars)

Pulmonaria

Salvias

Stachys

Verbena

CONIFERS:

All the small species and cultivars of:

Aibes


Chamaecyparis


Juniperus    


Picea


Pinus


Thuja



 

 

Rock Plants:

All rock plants are suitable, the following being particularly recommended.

Campanulas

Dianthus

Geranium

Hebe

Heliantemum

Iberis

Persicaria

Phlox

Primulas

Saponaria

Saxifraga

Silene schafta