Posted: 05/06/2015 at 23:44
I'm having to put a lot in pots or odd containers this year due to neighbours trees having grown so much that a larger part of this small garden is now in more shade this year than in past years. The beds are crammed with perennials so I managed to also get some old wooden wine crate type boxes to plant sunflowers, geums and wildflowers in. They're slatted boxes so I've lined them with empty plastic compost bags. I'm going simple with the tiny pots this year and probably a big sickly putting single bright plants into small blue glazed pots.
I'm having a love affair for small traditional plants, just for the colour.
These are Diascia 'Apple Blossom (Imp) on the left. Middle is Nemesia 'Berry White'. The begonia is 'Peardrops' - I have a couple in hanging baskets as well as I'm told they trail well.
I have a tiny little gravelly herb patch but I put herbs in a couple of small tin baths. This one has two of the citrus scented geraniums, rosemary in the middle, pineapple mint middle front and I've stuck in a couple of trailing lobelia just to fill and give a change of colour.
I've had to put my scabious in pots this year - perhaps stupidly I've put them in a couple of tall pots - but it's so that I can stick them in the borders amongst perennials which will go back by mid summer - so they are gap fillers to give a tiny bit of height in amongst what's there already.
I just bought this so haven't decided where to put it yet - I loved the colour on the label so I'm still thinking about making up a pot with this in. Maybe with a grass of some kind.
I have to put a lot in pots. I have about 30 of them this year because of the shade problem so I need to be able to move them around the garden as summer prolongs (or when it starts here in Scotland). I have a lot of Dianthus and Pinks in the pots. I've gone mad for Diascia as a filler this year so have a red dianthus with Diascia 'Strawberry'. They're such lovely delicate little things which will fill out well. I also have the Alan Titchmarsh pinks - hadn't realised they grew so very tall - in pots just with trailing lobelia in with them. And I have Arctic white on their own in pots. I like to have all the scented little pots near my bench at the back door which is in dappled shade.
Not very imaginative or arty my pots, but I'm getting all gooey over little delicate flowers and scent this year. I'm determined this year to have some success with Scarlet Flax - I always end up with them drowned in rain and falling over. So I have a little tin bath full of wildflower mix and scarlet flax, and terracotta pots with Scarlet Flax, cornflowers, Emilia Irish Poet, poppies. It's been such a dull year so far weather-ways that I think I'm trying to overcompensate with colour! Dark glasses will likely be needed by August! But I will be very happy.
My really big pots have different grasses, pelargoniums I put in pots on their own maybe with a few petunia trailers, trailing verbena. All pretty standard things I think. It's about as creative as I get.