Gardens - Container Gardening

Six creative container arrangements

Boost your blooming power this season with colourful, eye-catching combos


Planting focus: Selecting a container
Both upright and trailing rosemary are used to great effect in this rustic pink-themed planter, with the silver leaves of another herb (‘Berggarten’ sage) used to chill out the rosy shades of the flowers. Created by Paul Zammit, the cascading effect of ivy geraniums, the trailing rosemary and the mandevilla vines will soon only allow an occasional peek at the container that holds them. Regular harvesting of the herbs will encourage fresh new growth.

Container lesson
Plant roots need room to expand, and many handsome containers have wide rims, but then quickly narrow into a tight tube. Cramped roots lead to thirsty, stunted plants that are more susceptible to insect and disease attacks. Tall, slim pots are ideal for growing just one accent plant, but if you want to create a garden in miniature, opt for wide, reasonably deep containers that will accommodate several plants comfortably for the entire growing season.

Shopping list

  • ‘Red Riding Hood’ mandevilla (Mandevilla sanderi ‘Red Riding Hood’)
  • ‘Lateripes’ ivy-leaved geranium (Pelargonium ‘Lateripes’)
  • ‘Fireworks’ fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Fireworks’)
  • Common rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Trailing rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis Prostratus Group)
  • ‘Berggarten’ sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten’)

Photography by Edward Pond, plants provided by Plant World


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