Growing Diascias in Containers- Growing this Trailing Perennial of Twinspur


In this article, we will discuss how to grow Diascias in containers. Diascias are a perennial that comes from South Africa, where 70 different species are known to exist. It has a common name of twinspur and is a relative of snapdragon. Once they were only trailers but because of recent breeding, new upright varieties are being created that have more colours and the flowers are more elegant.

The biggest problem is that they are only hardy to – 5 degrees Celsius and it is a short-lived perennial. …

Growing Dicentra (Lamprocaphos -Bleeding Hearts)) in Containers- Growing this Heart-Shaped Perennial


In this article, we will be discovering how to grow Dicentra or Lamprocaphos (Bleeding hearts) in containers. Until recently it was known as Dicentra but it has now been reclassified as Lamprocaphas.

It is a shrub with green fern-like flowers and in spring sprays of little heart-shaped flowers that can be pink, pink-white or white appears.  It is a plant for the woodlands as this is its native environment, as it grows under the canopy of trees in forests.

Although it is often grown in flower beds, it …

Growing Carex in Containers- Growing this Ornamental Sedge

In this article, we will discuss how to grow this ornamental sedge (Carex species) in containers. Carex comes from Asia, New Zealand and Europe that has been grown in gardens for many years.

They are grown for the colourful leaves that are often variegated that is best shown off in containers. You can buy varieties that has arching, cascading leaves that soften the edges of containers or you can buy erect varieties that will grow in any container.

What is unusual is the plant like cooler temperatures and will actively grow in spring and autumn, but not much so in …

Growing Cannas in Containers- Growing this Beautiful Exotic Plant


In this article, we will discuss how to grow this wonderful colourful flowering plant of Canna in Containers. These are half-hardy rhizomatous perennials that are not only grown for their flowers but also for their elegant long, green banana leaves. It not only adds flamboyance but also height to container displays, where the blooms can be appreciated from June to October.

As said earlier they are not fully hardy so you will need to overwinter them in the most sheltered area of the garden or move them into …

How to Create a Stunning Window Box Display


In this article, we will be discussing how to create a stunning window box display in a simple plastic box. Who does not like a stunning display of plants under a window, where they can be admired every time you look out or every time you look up from outside?

When you are going for an impactful window box display use short stocky plants and compact trailing plants, as they do not too big and eventually cut out the light.

As it will be often neglected, it is …

Creating a Versatile Window Box


In this article, we will discover how to create a versatile window box. We all know that window boxes will be on show all the time and if they do not look their best, it can easily spoil the display. How do you avoid this, which will be answered in this article?

Often window boxes will use temporary plants that need to be replaced often, so instead of actually planting the specimens in, it will be better to fill the box with a growing media and plunge the …

Growing Ajugas in Containers-Growing this Colourful Perennial


In this article, we will be discussing how to grow Ajugas in containers. It is such a beautiful plant but in the ground bugleweed as it is commonly known can become a menace, where it can take over the ground it is planted in. It is a low growing plant, a carpeting or matting plant that has beautiful foliage and in spring wonderful blue spikes of flowers appear. The leaves are colourful and come from a short rosette of leaves. I personally think the leaves are better than …

How to Grow Alchemilla Mollis in Containers-Growing this Colourful Plant


In this article, we will discover how to grow Alchemilla mollis in containers. If there is a plant that should be grown in containers then this is it, as in the ground it can quickly become invasive and a quick spreader. Alchemilla mollis or Lady’s mantle to give its common name is an easy to grow herbaceous perennial and can take hard frosts.

It will also adapt quickly and easily to any growing conditions it finds itself in. The grey-green leaves of this plant are pleated and scalloped …

Growing a Phoenix Palm in a Container-Growing this Exotic Beauty


In this article, we will discuss how to grow Phoenix palms (Phoenix canariensis) in containers. In gardening, we often look to the unusual to fulfil our tastes for the exotic. We want feature plants that not only looks stunning but is an eye-catching feature to which we are instantly drawn too.

Phoenix canariensis, often known as the Canary Date Palm, is a graceful palm with long spreading green, architectural leaves. The leaves are stiffly upright and emerge from a short, columnar trunk. It is a native of the …

How to Grow Hebes in Containers- Growing this Beautiful Shrub


In this article, we will discover how Hebes can be successfully grown in containers. In the UK, you will notice Hebes in many gardens, but not so often grown in containers. You wonder is it possible to do so and in this article, I will show you how.

Hebes are plants that come from New Zealand, but most plants nowadays come from South America and Australia. They are showy plants best displayed in a predominant position.

People want to grow Hebes for two reasons; the colourful leaves that …