Planting focus: Using plastic containers
Some gardeners are intimidated when it comes to planting containers and feel more secure buying pre-planted arrangements that are ready to go. But it’s a missed opportunity to express your individual style, and planting your own also allows you to custom-design a container to complement (or match) the exterior colours of your home or to link up visually with the permanent plantings in your garden. This lovely planter that hangs outside the back door of plant expert Marjorie Mason’s house at her garden centre in Uxbridge, Ontario, reflects the English country aesthetic Marjorie favours.
Plastic pots are lightweight and inexpensive, and are perfectly acceptable for hanging baskets, providing the plant material quickly hides the pots themselves. Most plastic pots are coloured white in order to reflect sunlight and keep the root zone of plants cooler; black pots absorb heat and work well to make the most of limited sunlight—particularly in the spring and autumn—making them excellent season-extenders (especially useful for vegetables).
- 'Blue Bells' browallia (Browallia speciosa ‘Blue Bells’)
- Diamond Frost euphorbia (Euphorbia hypericifolia ‘Inneuphe’)
- ‘Lottie hobby’ fuchsia (Fuchsia ‘Lottie Hobby’)
- Blood leaf (Iresine lindenii)
- Bluebird nemesia (Nemesia ‘Hubbird’)
- Rhodochiton vine (Rhodochiton atrosanguineus)
- Purple wandering jew (Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’)
Photography by Stacey Van Berkel