Creating Water Plants in Buckets

In this article, we will discover how to use shiny metal buckets to plant your water plants in. Of all the water features that I have discussed from bubble fountains, water containers, planting marginals, bog plants in containers, this is the simplest.

All you need is a bucket and a plant. Shiny metal buckets that can hold water is a wonder in the garden, as they have reflective surfaces that suggest it contains water and it shows it at its best. So what is not …

How to Create a Bog Garden in a Half-Barrel

In this article, we will discuss how to create a specific bog garden in a half-barrel. In a previous article, I talked about how to have a bog garden in full sun and shade, discussing how to create one and what plants to use.  I will take this further in this article and talk about how to create a specific bog garden that uses plants and other important features.

Bog plants make an ideal feature in containers and tend to look their best when full of beautiful …

Pansies in Pots- Creating a Simple Display

In this article, we will be discussing how to create a stunning, simple display of pansies in a pot for spring. If you grow your own spring bedding plants from seed, such as wallflowers, stocks, violas and Bell’s daisies, you can plant up containers in autumn, after the summer annuals are past their best.

If you do this and you leave them outside then protect the plants within from strong winds and the container from freezing frosts or becoming waterlogged. This is to prevent the roots from rotting.…

Creative Festive Winter Containers

In this article, we will be discussing how to create festive winter containers. As the months are passing very quickly and the festive season is soon upon is, then it is time to think about what containers can be made up to provide Christmas cheer.

In this brief article, we will discover how to make a colourful container display that can make a proud statement in your container garden. They are not difficult to do, so let us get cracking.

In most festive winter container displays, holly and …

Making a Mixed Container Display for Shady Spots

In this article, we will be discussing what groups of plants can be used to give a stunning display in the shade. In previous articles, I have discussed to what plants can be grown in various situations in the shade, but in this article, I am going to talk about what wonderful display in groups that you can have in a single container in the shade.

Since traditionally most plants grown in containers love the sun, but in shady areas, it can be difficult to get a container …

The Best Shrubs to Grow in Containers

In this article, we will be discussing what shrubs can be grown in containers. Sometimes in the container garden, you want bold plants that make statements and this is where shrubs play an important role.

They not only add blooms at various times of the year but also can have colourful leaves and bring more importantly height into the garden.

If you look for focal specimens to grow in large containers in your container garden, then these are the shrubs to grow.


At one time these shrubs …

How to Grow Virginia Creeper and Boston Ivy in Containers

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow closely related climbers of Virginia creeper and Boston ivy in containers. Both these plants are very attractive in their own way.

In a previous article, I have talked about ivies, especially the English Ivy, but in this present article, we will talk about other climbers that looks just as colourful and attractive.


Virginia creeper can be said to be one of the best looking deciduous vines; it has green leaflets that come in 5, creating …

How to Grow Ivy in Containers without Much Effort

In this article, we will discover how to grow ivy in containers and how to get the best from them.  Ivy is such a delightful plant growing against walls or fences, where a green mural is generated.

They are ideal if you have a large vertical surface area to cover, where boring walls and fence can be lifted without the need to ever paint them again.

Ivy is a self-clinging climber that spreads rapidly via the aerial roots that it produces. These roots will readily cling to brick …

Growing Clematis in Containers-Growing the Versatile Climber

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow clematis in containers and how to get the best from them.

If you have a bare wall or fence to cover, or a trellis, or pergolas that need something to grow up, then the main go-to plant is a clematis. The reasons are numerous but the main two are that the flowers are colourful and produced in plenty and the second reason is that you have many varieties to choose from (over 400).

The flower can be either …

Growing Wisteria in Containers- Growing this Beautiful Climber

In this article, we will be discussing how to grow wisteria in containers. Wisteria is one of the most spectacular vines you can grow in your home, even more than clematises. It only not looks spectacular but it is also long-lived.


The vines that are produced tend to be heavy, twining deciduous and are decorative on their own right but this is nothing compared to the numerous long clusters of pea-like blooms that are borne in spring. These are followed by conspicuous seed pods …