Growing Cassinia in Container- Growing this Small Evergreen Shrub

In this article, we will discover how to grow the flowering plant of Cassinia in containers. Cassinia is a genus of flowering shrub that belongs to the Asteraceae (the Aster or Sunflower) family, where 52 species are known to exist.

It is a native and found all over Australia and New Zealand. It is mainly grown for the leaves and not the uninteresting flowers that are produced in summer.  The genus is named after French botanist Count Alexandre Henri Gabriel de Cassini. If you have a liking for acid-loving plants and are in the market for an alternative to heather …

Growing Chaenomeles in Containers- Growing Flowering Quince

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the colourful shrub of Chaenomeles in containers. Chaenomeles is a small species of deciduous shrubs that can grow up to 3m tall, all having spines. They are closely related to Chinese Quince (Pseudocydonia sinensis) but differ in degree of serration and leaf fuzz. It is a member of the Rosaceae (the Rose) family.

Chaenomeles is an old favourite and you will find it growing in many gardens throughout the UK. The green leaves are simple, oval, alternately arranged and have serrated margins. They are nothing special but the large 4.5cm flowers …

Growing Caragana in Containers- Growing the Siberian Pea shrub or Caragana

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the flowering shrub of Caragana in containers. The only species you are likely to find is Caragana arborescens, which is a member of the legume family. It is native to Siberia and parts of China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. In parts of the USA, it is considered an invasive species.

Caragana is not a popular plant, not because it has a reputation of being a difficult plant, but because the flowers are small and not so numerous. It should be grown more often because it grows naturally in a tough environment and …

Growing Caryopteris in Containers- Growing Blue Spiraea or Blue Beard

In this article, we will discover how to grow the small but delightful shrub of Caryopteris in containers. Caryopteris is a flowering shrub of the Lamiaceae (the mint or sage) family, where 7 species are known to exist. It is a native of East Asia and found in China, Korea, Japan and Mongolia.  It is a small bush often found growing no more than a few metres in height.

The main selling point is that it is in flower after most other shrubs have finished blooming, the leaves are not only attractive but they are aromatic as well. The leaves …

Growing Arctostaphylos on Containers- Growing Bearberry or Manzanitas

In this article, we will discuss how to grow Arctostaphylos, an unusual member of the Ericaceae (the Heather) family, in containers. Arctostaphylos comes from the Greek words ‘Arkouda’ meaning ‘Bear’ and ‘Staphula’ meaning ‘Bunch of Grapes’. There are about 60 species of Arctostaphylos where some are prostrate shrubs whilst others are 6m tall trees.

These acid-loving plants make a great alternative to Callunas, Andromedas, Daboecias, Vaccinum and Gaultherias.  Most of the species are evergreen (there the only one deciduous species known) and have small, oval, 1 to 2cm long, green leaves that are arranged spiralled around the stems. In early …

Growing Andromeda in Containers- Growing the Dwarf Shrub of Bog Rosemary

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the slow-growing shrub of Andromeda in containers. Andromeda is a flowering shrub in the Ericaceae, the heath family and is found in all areas of the Northern Hemisphere.  There are either one species or two species depending on who you talk to, as some see Andromeda polifolia as the only species, whilst others see Andromeda glaucophylla as another.

To others, the latter is classified as Andromeda polifolia var. glaucophylla.  It is a species that is native to the British Isles, where it is often found growing in boggy, cold, peaty areas.…

Growing Cobaea in Containers- Growing Cup and Saucer Plant or Canterbury Bells

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow the half-hardy annual climbing plant Cobaea in containers. Cobaea is a genus of flowering climbers that tend to grow rapidly. It is found to grow naturally in South American countries from Mexico to Peru. It is named after the Spanish Jesuit priest and naturalist Father Barnabe Coba. They can grow up to 3m in one season, where the alternate lobed, green leaves that occur in pairs are produced.  Along the stems, tendrils are produced that support the plants as it grows upwards.

From summer to early autumn, 7.5cm large, ball-shaped …

Growing Chelone in Containers- Growing Turtlehead or Twisted Shellflower

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the unusual perennial of Chelone in containers. Chelone is a herbaceous perennial that is native to North America, where four species are known to exist. It gets its common name of turtlehead because the 2.5cm large flowers that look like turtleheads but, in fact, resemble more snapdragons are produced. Although the flower may look like snapdragons, it is more related to Penstemon rather than Antirrhinum.

The plant produces two-lipped, turtle head flowers that can be red, pink, or white and are produced over a mound of dark green leaves. The coarsely …

Growing Lobularia in Containers- Growing Sweet Alyssum

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow Lobularia in containers. This is a firm old favourite hardy annual that produces wonderful honey-scented, white flowers. It tends to be low maintenance, trouble-free and produces a profusion of flowers that mingle well with other bedding plants, either in containers or cascading over in hanging baskets.

It has the common name of Sweet Alyssum as the flowers have the most delightful scent. One of the beauty or annoyance of Lobularia is that it self-seeds easily, where it will even grow in cracks in the pavement. Great for those who want …

How to Grow Dianthus in Containers-Growing Pinks and Carnations

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the large genus of Dianthus in containers. It has the common name of pinks or carnation, depending on what species and variety are grown. Dianthus is a large and varied species that include evergreen perennials, biennials and annuals. The common name of ‘Garden Pink’ arises because the scented flowers are all pink but because the flowers are serrated on the edges as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears.

The beloved cottage garden plant has been grown in gardens for centuries. The hardy perennial has pointed, evergreen grey-green leaves that …