Growing Felicia in Containers- Growing Blue Daisy or Kingfisher Daisy

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the tender perennial and half-hardy annuals in containers. The tender perennial, Felicia amelloides has the common name of Blue Daisy, whilst the half-hardy annual  Felicia bergeriana has the common name of Kingfisher Daisy. They are often grown for the truest blue flower that you can find in the container garden.

They are low growing tender perennials or annuals that originate from South Africa. The biggest problem with Daisies is that they come in many colours but not true blue and this is where Felicia comes into play. The flower may be …

Growing Chrysanthemums in Containers- Growing Pot Mums

In this article, we will discuss how to grow Chrysanthemums or pot mums in containers. In late summer to early autumn in September and October, where your bedding display is looking lacklustre, then these plants will provide welcome colour.

Chrysanthemums can be either hardy perennials or half-hardy plants. There are even annuals that can be found in summer bedding schemes but these are used like normal bedding plants for discarding in autumn.

The plants you normally buy in late summer and autumn are covered in a mass of flowering buds that have been treated with growth-regulating hormones to keep them …

How to Grow Pallenis Maritima in Containers- Growing the Mediterranean Beach Daisy

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the not often seen plant of Pallenis maritima in containers. You may not see this delightful plant in gardens throughout the UK, but it is well worth seeking. You will properly find it sold under the synonym of Asteriscus maritimus and has the common name of Canary Island Daisy or Mediterranean Beach Daisy, or even the Gold Coin Daisy. It is a 25cm tall plant that is often found around the Mediterranean coastal areas.

Pallenis is a compact, low-spreading, matting sub-shrub that is famed for its bright golden, yellow flowers that …

Growing Ophiopogon in Containers-Growing Black Grass, Mondo Grass or Lilyturf

In this article, we will discover how to grow the wonderful colourful plant of Ophiopogon in containers. It looks like grass but Lilyturf or Mondo grass as it is commonly called is not. It is a perennial that belongs to the Lily family and is grown for the handsome, evergreen leaves. The plants may look spidery, with its narrow arching leaves that make the plant. It spreads via underground runners that will soon fill a container and where in the future means that the plant will need to be divided.

In summer, small, white flowers appear that are followed by …

Growing Cosmos in Containers- Grow this Colourful Annual

In this article, we will discuss how to grow Cosmos in containers. If you are looking for a container plant that is laden with blooms throughout summer and well into autumn before the frosts will kill it, then Cosmos is for you.

It is in general easy to grow from seed and if you do so, you will be rewarded with plenty of blooms in no time. It is one of the lowest demanding plants in the summer display scheme and will reward you will plenty of blooms provided you are prepared to deadhead regularly. They also make excellent cutting …

Growing Helianthemums in Containers- Growing Rock Rose

In this article, we will be discovering how to grow Helianthemums (Rock Rose) in containers. The plants of this genus are either half-hardy perennials or hardy shrub-like perennials. There is a gap in summer displays in containers, where small shrubs that flower in summer are far between. The rock rose thankfully fills this gap, where they grow up to 30cm in height. They are Mediterranean alpines where from late spring to late summer, the plant is covered in white, yellow, or orange disk-like blooms.  The flowers can also be scarlet or even bronze.

The flowers are spectacular but the leaves …

Growing Imperata in Containers- Growing Japanese Blood Grass




In this article, we will be discussing how to grow Imperata (Japanese Blood Grass) in containers. There is only one variety to grow in containers and this is Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’, which is sometimes known as Imperata cylindricia ‘Red Baron’.

This is moisture-loving grass where green shoots are suffused deep red towards the tip. The colour contrast becomes more noticeable in autumn, where the red colour is more vibrant. The leaves themselves become translucent with age, where they can be mixed with other grasses or brightly coloured flowers, grouped together in individual pots. They also …

Growing Calceolaria in Containers- Growing Slipper or Pouch Flower

In this article, we will discuss how to grow Calceolaria in containers. If you are looking for a plant that is showy, unique and brightly coloured then the slipper flower is for you. It gets its common name because the flowers have pouches at the bottom, giving a look of a purse or slipper.

To the inexperienced eye, it looks like a type of orchid but it is not. There are more than 300 different species in the genus, but all of them have been cultivated and hybridised from Calceolaria integrifolia. This has given rise to several compact varieties that …

Growing Brachyscomes in Containers- Growing Swan River Daisy

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow Brachyscomes or Swan River Daisy in containers. Brachyscome iberidifolia or the Swan River Daisy is a plant that is native to Australia but it has been naturalised throughout the world, where it will make a colourful display.

It is a tender perennial and in areas where it does not get frosts, it will last for many years, but alas in the UK it will need to be grown as and treated as an annual. What makes it a great plant to use in bedding schemes in containers is the multitude …

Growing Bidens in Containers- Growing this Tender Perennial

In this article, we will discuss how to grow Bidens in containers. You can say that this tender perennial is one of the easiest bedding plants to grow. It is a prolific growing plant with honey-scented, yellow blooms. Bidens is part of the Aster family and 200 species are found in South America and Europe. It occurs naturally in America, where you often can see wild species growing at the side of roads. They are famous for the tiny-sticky seeds that cling to clothing.

Traditionally the older varieties produce yellow or orange blooms, but newer varieties can come in pink, …