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Insulating plastic planters

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 10:54

I'd be grateful if someone could still give me their thoughts on the basic principal of insulating containers in this way.  Set aside anything you may think about my choice of plants because that's flexible - I need to know about the insulation.


Insulating plastic planters

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 22:52
Okay, you've all made very good points (especially the one about accomodating the needs of the plants rather than working against them) so I shall have to admit defeat! Shame, I was hoping to find some interesting plants for a permanent planting scheme. I have seven troughs to fill. I might post on another board asking for ideas. At the moment the tubs along the railings are sorted (a bit more sun there so perfect for my herbs), it's the east wall that's causing me problems. Right now I've got hebe, erysimum, lobelia, pinwheels (can't remember the proper name) and cranesbill. I was hoping to find some slightly larger plants to give a little height.

Insulating plastic planters

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:52

That's why I started to think about ways of insulating the planter, to avoid the issue of lack of external shade. 

Insulating plastic planters

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:27

Okay.  I got my hopes up because my pseudo mother-in-law has the most insane luck with growing climbers in containers.  She's got a few clematis plants in pots pretty much the same capacity as (if not smaller than) the ones I described.  They do really well year after year.  She has an excellent camellia in a pot probably only 12" diameter, the plant is enormous, evergreen and has been flourishing for years.  Her honeysuckle again is in relatively small pot but thrives.  Because of this I've started to be a little more optimistic about the idea of planting climbers in containers. 

Getting Rid of Shingle

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:16

Sounds like hard work but it could be worse - a couple of years ago we decided to finally get rid of the concrete that covered our garden.  Previous owner clearly didn't like gardening and the entire 5m by 20m garden was covered with what turned out to be almost 12 inches of concrete (please ignore the mix of metric and imperial!).  There was no rear access to the garden, the whole lot had to be drilled up and then carried through our house to the road out front.  Ugh.  But when the lawn went down and the beds were planted it was worth every minute of stress!

Sorry I can't offer any advice, I'm a hopeless amateur where gardening is concerned, but I hoped that you might get a wry chuckle out of pondering the looks on our faces as we started to wonder whether the previous owner had buried any bodies down there!

Insulating plastic planters

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 18:11

Hi all,

We have a tiny terrace outside our kitchen door.  The short version of this story is that we now lots of shelves which will hold pots, they're very strong but I don't want to tempt fate so I have opted for plastic containers to keep the weight (and the cost, come to think of it) to a minimum.  The containers are troughs, measuring 70cm L, 30cm H, 25cm W with a capacity of approximately 32 litres.  The majority of these are on shelves on an east-facing stone wall, a few feet up with no shadow of any kind sheltering the pots until the sun has moved behind the wall.  One of the plants I would like to use is a small clematis and because I've often heard people say that clematis in containers need a little shelter around the roots I started thinking about ways of insulating them.  I've read about double potting and had what may be an absurdly convoluted plan... 

Rather than try to find pots which will fit inside the existing ones without sacrificing too much soil, could I plant the plants in a big grow bag, pop the grow bag inside the plastic pot with either chippings or even just some polystyrene packing sheets between the wall of the pot and the grow bag?

Is this overkill?  Totally unnecessary? Or is it actually a sensible idea?  I've always had a lot of container grown plants (permanent plantings of shrubs and climbers rather than annual displays) but up to now I've used thick, heavy, glazed pots.  I'm a little anxious about planting up small shrubs and climbers only to lose them later on in the year.

IF this is a sensible idea, is it also going to help protect the roots in winter? 

Bulbs in containers

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 12:30

Hi Linda.  I was hoping to have it as a permanent display, i.e. not have to replant every year.  From what you've written, you think that's possible as long as I feed them annually, deadhead the flowers and allow the leaves to die down, is that right?

I've looked at various bulb suppliers' websites and have seen that some bulbs are classified by hardiness.  Should I only plant hardy bulbs if I am aiming for permanent planting scheme?

Bulbs in containers

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 11:21

Fantastic!  Thank you so much, I found some really useful websites using that search term.  Never would have found those by myself.  One of those instances when knowing what to look for is vital to success. 

Bulbs in containers

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 10:32

Small bump - any ideas anyone?

Bulbs in containers

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 15:50



I have never planted bulbs before and know next to nothing about them.  I wondered if it's possible to plant different bulbs in a single container for year-round blooms? I have a vague idea that some/all(?) bulbs need to be planted at the right time to avoid them rotting, is that correct?  Does that mean that my idea isn't practical?  This doesn't make any sense to me because of all the bulbs that grow in the wild, quite happily resting in the soil until they're ready to spring into action again.


We have very limited space and I was hoping to put together a container arrangement that will have something growing most of the year.  Are there bulbs I can just stick in (at the correct depth, of course) and leave to grow without expert maintenance?  As you may have surmised, I am far from being an expert... 


The other alternative is to dot bulbs around in containers that have other plants.  Is that a better idea do you think?

My main objective with our little container garden is to feed the pollinators. 

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