Growing Convolvulus in Containers- Growing Shrubby Bindweed, Silvery Bindweed, Silverbush or Bush Morning Glory

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the beautiful shrub of Convolvulus cneorum, the shrubby bindweed in containers. When we think about Convolvulus, we think about the climbing and beautiful annuals and the hard-to-kill weed, but we do not think about the low-growing shrubs.

Convolvulus is a large genus of around 200 to 250 species belonging to their own family, Convolvulaceae. There are annual or perennial vines, but we are not interested in these but instead the small group of shrubs.

The only shrubby species you will find is Convolvulus cneorum which grows up to 60cm high. It …

Growing Ceratostigma in Containers- Growing Hardy Plumbago or Leadwort

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the beautiful flowering Ceratostigma in containers. Ceratostigma is a small genus of flowering shrubs that belong to the Plumbaginaceae (the Plumbago or Leadwort) family, where 8 species are known to exist.

Ceratostigma is native to warm temperate and tropical regions of Asia and Africa. The hardy plumbagos are low-growing shrubs, often only growing to 1 to 2m tall.  The leaves are normally simple, 1 to 4cm long, arranged spirally with hairy margins. Some of the species are evergreen, whilst others are deciduous. There is one perennial in this genus called Ceratostigma …

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 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 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 Callicarpa in Containers- Growing Beauty Berry

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the wonderful colourful berry plant of Callicarpa in containers. Callicarpa or beautyberry to give its common name (you will see why) are small trees or shrubs of the Lamiaceae (the Sage) family.  Callicarpa is native to parts of Asia, Australia, Madagascar, and North and South America. It is a compact bush only growing up to 2m in height. There are 3 species that are often found growing in a UK garden.

When in full leaf in summer the plant is nothing to write home about, as they are serrated and oval …

Growing Abeliophyllum in Containers- Growing White Forsythia

In this article, we will discover how to grow the not so often seen Abeliophyllum in containers. It is not popular because it is often said to be an untidy plant, which is only sparsely covered with leaves. This is not a valid reason in my eyes and it will make a great change to the Forsythia often seen in gardens everywhere.

Abeliophyllum has the common name of miseonnamu, Korean Abeliophyllum, White Forsythia, or Korean abelialeaf. It is a member of the Oleaceae, the Olive family.

It has Korean in its common name should give a clue to where it …

Growing Centranthus in Containers- Growing Red Valerian, Spur Valerian, Kiss-me-quick, Fox’s brush, Devil’s Beard or Jupiter’s Beard

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the wonderful perennial wildflower called Centranthus in containers. Centranthus is a flowering perennial or sub-shrub that is native to South Europe. It is a member of the Caprifoliaceae family, the honeysuckle family. It does not look like honeysuckle but it is part of the family.

Twelve species are known to exist, where Centranthus ruber is the most known. If you look at the British countryside, you will find the plant growing on old walls and gravel paths.

The flowers are small and are borne in large clusters above the lance-shaped, green …

How to Maintain Your Fruit Trees and Fruit Bushes

In this article, we will discover what to do once your fruit trees and fruit bushes have been planted.  Once you have planted your fruit trees, fruit bushes and canes you cannot rest on your laurels, as still there is plenty to do.

After all, that time spent in planting them, staking them, tying them in, it is now time to look after the plant, as you cannot let them grow by themselves.

The most important routine that you must get right is to how to water and feed effectively, as well as how to control weeds.