Growing Leptospermum in Containers- Growing this Wonderful Shrub

In this article, we will talk about how to grow the not so often seen shrub of Leptospermum in containers. Leptospermum is a genus of shrubs and small trees that belongs to the Myrtaceae (Myrtle) family. It has the common name of tea tree, which is often used for species of Melaleuca (where Melaleuca honey comes from). Most, despite their common name, are not found in New Zealand but in Australia, where great diversity can be found. It is not popular as it can be a tender plant and needs the protection of being near a wall.

Plants in the …

Growing Lavandula in Containers- Growing Lavender

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the familiar and scented shrub of Lavandula (Lavender) in containers. You may be familiar with the plant but in this article, you will discover how to get the best from your Lavender plants. Lavandula is a modestly sized flowering shrub of 47 species that belong to the Lamiaceae (Mint) family.  It is native to Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia all the way to India.

They are often used as Ornamental shrubs in colder climates, where you often see them growing in gardens, but the same plant …

Growing Dorycnium (Lotus) in Containers-Growing Canary Clover or Hairy Canary

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the small shrub of Dorycnium (Lotus) in containers. Dorycnium is a synonym of Lotus, a flowering plant in the Fabaceae (Legume) family. There are only 3 species known to exist- Lotus hirsutus (Dorycnium hirsutum), Lotus dorycnium (Dorycnium pentaphyllium) the prostrate canary clover, and Lotus herbaceus (Dorcynium herbaceum or Darycnium jardinii).

They are, in general, low-growing, silvery shrubs that are native to the Canary Islands. Lotus hirsutus is a semi-evergreen, subshrub that only grows up to 80cm high. It is grown for its attractive foliage, with closely packed leaflets of greyish-green and …

Growing Kerria in Containers-Growing Jew’s Mallow or Japanese Rose

In this article, we will discover how to grow the unfussy shrub of Kerria in containers. Kerria japonica is the only species of Kerria that you will find in this genus. It is actually a member of the Rosaceae (the Rose) family.  In its native growing habitat, it is found in thickets on mountain slopes, making it a highly tough and adaptive plant.

There are several varieties on offer as you will discover later on. The plant gets its name from William Kerr, who introduced the cultivar ‘Pleniflora’ the most popular variety.

It is a 1 to 3m tall shrub …

Growing Kalmia in Containers- Grow This Attractive Shrub of Calico Bush or Mountain Laurel

In this article, we will discover how to grow the beautiful flowering shrub of Kalmia in containers. Kalmia is a small species of evergreen shrub that belong to the Ericaceae (the Erica) family. They are native to North America and Cuba, where they are found growing either in wet, acidic bogs or dry, sandy soils.

Kalmia was named by the famous Botanist Linnaeus to honour his friend Pehr Kalm, who brought it back to the UK in the mid-18th century. The most popular species when not in flower can be easily mistaken for a Rhododendron. The leaves are markedly long …

Growing Itea in Containers- Growing Sweetspire

In this article, we will be discovering how to grow the long spiked flowering shrub of Itea in containers. Itea is a small genus of 10 species of shrub and small trees. The flowers that are produced are normally scented and hence why it has the common name of sweet spire.

The flowers are either borne in racemes as found in Itea ilicifolia or like spikes as in Itea virginica. The plant is natively found in Eastern Asia and one deciduous species comes from North America. They tend to be grown for the long raceme flower but the leaves can …

Growing Indigofera in Containers- Growing the Indigo Bush or Australian Indigo

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the unusual but beautiful Indigofera in containers. Indigofera is a very large genus of flowering plants that belongs to the Fabaceae (the Pea) family, where 750 species are known to exist. It is one genus that is found throughout the world in the tropics and sub-tropic regions.

Most of the members of the Indigofera genus tend to be shrubs, whilst others are small trees and herbaceous perennials and annuals. They are known for the pinnate leaves, which are common for most species found in the pea family. The flowers are produced …

Growing Helianthemum in Containers- Growing Sun Rose or Rock Rose

In this article, we will discover to grow the lovely shrub of Helianthemum in containers. Helianthemum is divided into either shrubs or perennials and has the common name of Rock Rose, Sun Rose, Rush Rose or Frostweed. They belong to the Cistaceae (Cistus) family, where 110 species are known to exist. They are widely distributed and found throughout the Northern hemisphere, especially around the Mediterranean area. It is a plant that flourishes in sandy soil as long as you provide full sun.

The green leaves are opposite arranged in most species but alternatively arranged along the upper stems. They are …

Growing Hedysarum in Containers- Growing the Rare Sweetvetch

In this article, we will discuss how to grow Hedysarum, a beautiful flowering shrub, in containers. Hedysarum is a large species of annual, perennials and shrubby herbs. It is native to Asia, Europe and North America, where over 200 species are known to exist. The genus is part of the Fabaceae (the pea) family and it is a rarity and not often seen growing in people’s gardens, which is a shame as it tends to be easy to grow and not fussy about which soil it is grown in.

Hedysarum is divided into either herbaceous annuals/perennials or deciduous shrubs. The …

Growing Fothergilla in Containers-Growing Witch Alder or Witch Hazel

In this article, we will discover how to grow Fothergilla in containers. Fothergilla, which has the common name of witch alder belongs to the family of Hamamelidaceae (the Witch Hazel). It is a small genus of flowering deciduous shrubs of 2 to 4 species. Fothergilla is native to the woodlands and swamps of the Southern United States of America. They are suitable to be grown in containers because they are low-growing shrubs that have a downy habit.

From April to May, bottlebrush-like flower heads appear on terminal spikes. The flowers are produced without petals but instead are clusters of 2 …