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Clever container fixes for problem areas

From wind to shade, choose the right plants for your pots that will suit their spot


Condition: Shade/low light

Container solution: Bold and dramatic pots. Consider the colour of the container to also add impact.

Plant solution
  • Ferns
  • Caladiums
  • Impatiens
  • Tuberous begonias
  • Browallias
  • Boxwoods
  • Ivies
  • Deadnettles (Lamium)
  • Hostas
  • Shade-tolerant grasses

Condition: Hot and dry

Container solution:
Deep containers with large soil capacity, made from resin, cast-iron, terracotta, concrete or fibreglass

Plant solution
  • Hardy and tropical succulents such as sedums
  • Echeverias
  • Agaves
  • Geraniums (Pelargonium spp.)
  • Cannas
  • Fibrous begonias
  • Portulacas
  • Gazanias
  • Selected ornamental grasses
  • Phormiums

Condition: Limited ground space

Container solution: Hanging baskets and window boxes that can be supported and attached to overhead or vertical surfaces

Plant solution: Select a mixture of upright and cascading plant material suitable for the light levels

Condition: Windy exposure

Container solution: Avoid lightweight, porous containers. Use heavier options, such as cast-iron, terracotta, concrete or fibrestone

Plant solution
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Cabbage palms
  • Ivies
  • Geraniums
  • Portulacas
  • Fibrous begonias


* Avoid plant material with large, thin foliage

 

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