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 Aquilegia in Containers-Growing Columbines or Granny’s Bonnet

In this article, we will discover how to grow the old-fashion but a firm favourite of Aquilegia in containers. As you can imagine this colourful cottage garden favourite makes an ideal plant to grow in containers, where it has the common name of either Granny’s Bonnet or Columbine. In general, they are easy to grow and naturalise as part of a container display.

The nectar-rich flowers are attractive to wildlife and so worth growing. It is a dainty perennial with grey-green ferny-like leaves and on top of these short-spurred flowers appear that come in shades of blue, white, yellow, purple …

Growing Celosia in Containers Outside- Growing Prince of Wales Feathers, Woolflowers or Cockscomb

In this article, we will discover how to grow Celosia in containers. Celosia is a small genus of ornamental and edible plants that belong to the Amaranthaceae (the Amaranth) family. The name comes about from the Greek word ‘Kafsi’ meaning ‘burning’ describing the appearance of the flower heads. The two most commonly seen in the garden are the plume variety, Celosia argentea or Celosia argentea var. cristata, whose crescent-shaped flowers are normally called the Cockscombs.

They are grown for the colourful and vivid flowers for colour indoors or as part of your summer container display. Although it is a tender …

Growing Cardiocrinum in Containers- Growing Giant Himalayan Lily

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the imposing, yet beautiful bulb of Cardiocrinum in Containers. Cardiocrinum is a bulbous plant belonging to the Liliaceae (the Lily) family and was first described in 1846. It is found growing in woodlands on the soil surface in china, Far East Russia, the Himalayas and Japan.  Once you see one in flower, you will not forget, especially if you grow the giant version.  In total, 3 species are known but the giant one is usually grown in the UK gardens.

Cardiocrinum giganteum is the main species. It can grow to 4m …

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 …

Growing Brunnera in Containers-Growing Perennial Forget-Me-Not or Siberian Bugloss

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the border perennial Brunnera in containers. Brunnera is the only species of Brunnera that belongs to the genus of Boraginaceae (the Borage or forget-me-not family).

It is a rhizomatous perennial that is native to the woodlands of Eastern Europe and West Asia.

It has the reputation of being easy to grow, thriving in any conditions as long as it is not too dry. If you look at them they look at first glance like a giant forget-me-not -a Myopsis and hence its common name. No matter what, it is a great …

Growing Catananche in Containers- Growing Cupid’s Dart

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the perennial Catananche in containers. Catananche is a genus of flowering plants that belongs to the Asteraceae family (the Aster Family), where 5 species are known to exist. The only species of Catananche that is grown in the UK is Catananche caerulea, whereas the other 4 are not readily seen. It has the common name of cupid’s dart and the leaves are grey-green in colour.

It is grown for its bright blue, white or white/blue cornflower-like blooms that appear from early to late summer. Each flower has silvery buds and is …

Growing Asphodelus in Containers- Growing Asphodel

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the tall elegant perennial of Asphodelus in containers. It is a tuberous perennial that belongs to its own family of Asphodelaceae- the Asphodel family, where 17 species are known to exist. It used to belong to the lily family but now it is moved to its own family as stated earlier. Asphodelus is native to Europe, especially around the Mediterranean area, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

They have also been introduced and naturalised in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and parts of the United States.

In Greek mythology, Asphodelus …

Growing Astrantia in Containers- Growing Masterwort

In this article, we will discuss how to grow the cottage favourite of Astrantia in containers. Astrantia is a genus of herbaceous perennials that belong to the Apiaceae family (the celery family). It is found throughout Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, but not found in the Colder Northern parts. Astrantia is a small genus, where only 11 species are known to exist and most are not seen in the garden, especially in the UK. It has the common name of Masterwort but it can be sold as Melancholy Gentleman or Hattie’s Pincushion.

This is a perennial for the shade. In …