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 …

How to Grow Fatsia in Containers- Growing this Architectural Shrub


In this article, we will discuss how to grow this beautiful architectural plant Fatsia in containers. The one species that tend to be grown on containers is Fatsia japonica and this is the one that will be described in this article.

Fatsia japonica is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 1.5m high in containers that have wonderful elegant leaves. It has many common names from umbrella plant, Japanese Aralia to False Castor Oil plant due to the leaves having a resemblance to the castor oil plant.…

Growing Junipers in Containers- Growing these Tree in Containers


In this article, we will discuss how to grow compact juniper varieties (Juniperus Species) in containers. Often when you want a plant that is stately and will appear to the naked eye, then Junipers are one of the best conifers that you can grow in the container garden. Junipers make great feature plants in containers.

They are a large genus of trees but often these evergreen plants get too big to be used in containers but there are some that can be grown. They are popular container plants …

Growing Ericas in Containers- Growing Heaths in Containers


In this article, we will discuss how to grow Heath or Ericas in containers. They not only look beautiful but they can be used to give a home to wildlife, especially bees when little is in bloom. They not only flower but offer permanent greenery when colours will be most appreciated. There is a great variation in foliage forms and in the colour of the flowers. Some even have a scent so what is not to like about these shrubs, as they bring so much colour in winter …

Growing Callunas in Containers- Growing Scottish Heather


In this article, we will be discussing how to grow Scottish heather or Callunas in containers. If you go to the Scottish highlands you will often see heathers growing but you wonder if they can be grown in containers. Calluna vulgaris is the sole species in the genus, a part of the Ericaceae family. It has many common names such as common heather, ling plant heather, Scottish heather.

It is native to Europe, where dwarf heathers are grown for its flowers that appear in later summer and autumn …

Growing Argyranthemums in Containers- Growing this Colourful Flowering Subshrub


In this article, we will discuss how to grow this wonderfully colourful subshrub Argyranthemums in containers.  You may find them sold under the more common name of marguerite. They are a firm favourite of gardeners for one specific reason is that this tender perennial/subshrub has one of the longest flowering periods of any flowers that thrive in containers. As they are tender they are treated as annuals for discarding at the end of the growing season.

The heavy serrated, fern-like green leaves are attractive as they appear in …

Growing Asarinas in Containers-Growing this Tender Climbing Perennial


In this article, we will discuss how to grow the climbing Asarinas in containers. Although it is a perennial and a climber, it is often treated as a half-hardy annual.

It has become increasingly popular in trailing hanging basket displays. It has the common name of Twining Snapdragons and this is adept for this climber. You will not find the plants often on sale because they do have a tendency to get entangled with each other. This will often lead to a mess and make the plants difficult …

Growing Aeoniums in Containers-Growing this Tender Subshrub Outside


In this article, we will discuss how to grow Aeoniums in containers to give a colourful summer display. They are often grown indoors in regions that have temperate climates.

It is a fleshy, succulent subshrub that originates from Madeira, Canary Islands and North Africa. They are members of the Crassula family, where they have a rosette of glossy, waxy leaves that can be colourful. The plants can be short growing up to a few centimetres tall to 1m high, where they can offer architectural grace and exotic beauty …

Growing Agaves in Containers- growing this Beautiful Succulent


In this article, we will discuss how to grow Agaves in containers. Agaves are such wonderful plants with their bold rosettes of succulent, blue-grey leaves of this tender perennial. They may start small but eventually, they will grow to magnificent species with vicious spines.

Agave (Agave species) belong to the Asparagus family with 270 species known in South America. The plants are known for their structural beauty. You may think that this big plant cannot be grown in containers but you will be wrong, as in containers you …