A good choice is the Viburnum tinus, a small leaf evergreen that grows to about 3.5 metres. These two have stood out head and shoulders above all others. I also grow 'Annabelle' and 'Kyushu' at the back of my white garden, along with a fluffy fothergilla and fragrant philadelphus. When he was a lad at school in western Southland, he'd walk past the police station at Nightcaps and admire the apricot chaenomeles climbing over the front of the local copper's house. Nonetheless, at Barewood garden in the Awatere Valley, Carolyn Ferraby admits she's "mad on them". The big advantage is that they don’t need to be mowed, so forget that vision of yourself chasing the mower downhill. You may need to do a little research but why fight mother nature? Evergreen or deciduous shrubs are also suitable. We often consider the amount of sun that a plant receives, to get good results the plant needs to have a good potting mix to grow in. Palmers’ handy tip: Plants grow slower in the shade so start with larger plants for quicker results. They can be used to soften and beautify outdoor living areas and entrance ways or create a focal point in the garden. The blokes are better looking, with bigger catkins, so make sure you buy a male cultivar such as 'James Roof'. Shallow containers (about 8 inches) are best, since the roots won’t grow down very far and the plant will get tall and prone to tipping. Tubular white flowers with a sweet smell are produced through the summer, much to the delight of bees. This particular variety of weigela prefers full sun. Nostalgia also motivated Geoff to plant the orange-red flowering quince, Chaenomeles japonica 'Alarm'. "In full flower it looks like an over-the-top Christmas tree, festooned with glorious racemes that grow to 15cm long and shower down pollen. A low AFP indicated poor aeration and restricted drainage. Whether you need a compact hedge, low fillers or an accent plant for pride of place, there’s no shortage of compact evergreen shrubs to accommodate today’s smaller gardens. Ordinary garden soil is unsuitable for pots because it does not drain well and can set hard. In a vase, the stems have a minimalist chic. But while the ground is still warm it's a great time to get perennials, shrubs and trees planted, as it gives them plenty of time to get settled in, well rooted, before next spring. From trials I have done in the garden centre the best potting mix has been 'Tui Pot Power' followed by 'Natural Bark brand Potting Mix'. Even old disused boots and gumboots are seen occasionally supporting herbs or other small plants. There is significant science that has gone into the development of potting mixes. 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Lynda Hallinan grows Fothergilla major at the back of her white garden alongside hydrangeas. In milder Waikanae, silvereyes and bellbirds flock to one of Julian Matthews' favourite shrubs, the rusty-spiked Canary Island foxglove, Isoplexis canariensis. You could smell it 100 yards away, like vanilla and jasmine and honey all mixed together with a touch of daphne. I don’t know about you, but Henry and I love using greenery outside in pots and containers. It's worth noting that Garrya elliptica is dioecious, meaning that it flowers on separate male and female plants. Bigger pots have more impact and plants growing in them won’t dry out as quickly, but an eclectic group of small containers creates a quirky, ever-changing scene. Roses also grow well in containers, especially floribunda and miniature types. In common with Stachyurus praecox, wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) awakens at the tail end of winter. The traditional shrubbery is as quintessentially British as tea and crumpets, wet summers, tabloids filled with royal gossip and cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off. Looking after: plants in pots. For the past eight years, John Wilmshurst and Diana Montgomery have been developing their classy riverside garden, Waiongana. Sunlight, shade and wind are all important factors that will influence your plant choice. The fothergilla was a gift from a friend, while I planted philadelphus in memory of my grandmother Pat, who died before the cuttings she gave me from her Hamilton garden struck. The solution is to pick wind tolerant plants in the first place. The most familiar is a soft blue-gray, but there are pretty variegated varieties, too. Both of these shrubs are good fillers in the middle of a wide border or shrubbery. Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' has an unusual greenish tinge to its blooms. Chinese lanterns (abutilons) are also tough as boots, so Julian can't understand why they struggle for popularity, especially given that they flower in winter. The foliage later turns purplish, adding another bit of visual interest, so it’s great for container gardening and is one of the best plants for pots outdoors. Feb 13, 2017 Ball Horticultural. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a shrub as "a woody plant which is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground", which fits with my idea that shrubs are really just short, fat bushes that fill the gaps, keep weeds down and enable a sense of enclosure and intimacy within a wider landscape. All containers must … Trish has a tip for budding shrub hunters: make friends with a floral artist, for often they're still growing many of the once-fashionable foliage plants no longer deemed desirable. All containers must have good drainage; pots and tubs should have one or several drainage holes 1-2cm in diameter. Best Container Plant – Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii) (obrazz/123rf.com) For containers, opt for the dwarf variety of this fast-growing shrub that blooms from summer to fall and is known for attracting butterflies and birds. Add soil, tread down lightly and water well. Shrubberies were originally a rather romantic concept, with gravel or grass paths overhung with craggy rhododendrons and fragrant lilac bushes. It's absolutely beautiful and attracts tui night and morning.". "Mine is in full flower in early September and because I'm forever trimming the sides to train it as a climber, it has never been without flower. "It's a very sturdy, robust, upright shrub, growing up to 2m tall so it's amazing when you need to make a floral installation big enough to fill up a marquee. Because they're so tough, these plants also would be good choices for just about any yard, whether your view is a beach, prairie, or mountaintop. 1. Now he's dying. AFP is the volume of mix that is filled with air at a given time. Stachyurus praecox looks great in a vase. Abutilons (Chinese lanterns) flower in winter and come in range of fabulous colours. Choose one that will hold its shape nicely without a lot of pruning. Indeed, the hardest part of growing abutilons is finding the older, taller forms, but luckily they strike easily from summer cuttings. Wairere Nursery 826 Gordonton Road, R D 1, Hamilton 3281 Ph: (07) 824 3430 Email: If you have limited space for big trees, try growing plants in containers, e.g. There is a wide range available to choose from. I'd never heard of it before but coveted it instantly, immediately ordering my own plant from Woodleigh Nursery in Taranaki. Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' has perfect white pompons. Vary the color and texture of the containers, and create a setting of three on a corner of the deck. It's an elegant addition to any garden where it does well in groupings or masses, in shrub borders, as a specimen, screen or hedge. Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) awakens at the tail end of winter. Garden design consultations. Praecox means "early to flower" and wintersweet is both a fragrant delight and a frustration for Geoff Genge at Marshwood Gardens in Invercargill. Planting evergreen shrubs is one of the easiest ways to achieve a low maintenance garden that looks great all year round. If providing drainage holes presents a problem you can use plastic pots inside, raised up on a small amount of gravel or chip stone and keep a check that they don't get waterlogged. Every year when they open for the Taranaki Garden Spectacular, visitors make a beeline for the herbaceous paeony beds but later in the season, a trio of hydrangeas provide plentiful pickings and a sophisticated backdrop for the weddings that are held here. The stems grow upward and tumble down, making both a lovely backdrop and frame for the other plants in your container. Coming in an array of colours and sizes, cordylines are easy to grow and can look great. "Many plants thrive in containers. Pick wind tolerant plants that are the best for high rise balconies to begin with. These don't actually have petals, just masses of prominent white stamens. Julian has paired it with complementary cannas outside his kitchen window. "They are bulletproof," says Carolyn. "Even here it gets nipped back in winter.". Black bowls Esteras pots. Its ball-shaped blooms are intensely fragrant and the mix of hot pink buds and soft white flowers is absolutely charming. Viburnums. In my former city garden, I spent up large on fruit trees and flowering perennials and barely gave shrubs a second thought, aside from hydrangeas for picking and daphne for winter fragrance. Its late spring flowers have a citrus-blossom scent and white petals of such purity that plant breeders bestow their cultivars with names like 'Innocence', 'Virginal' and 'Frosty Morn'. You can in fact grow almost any plant in a container, so whether you would like to brighten up your patio, or grow an edible feast, it's simply a matter of choosing suitable plants for the particular conditions. 'Limelight' has similarly pointy blooms but its individual florets are smaller and a zesty bright green – over the course of the season, they fade to splotchy pink – while 'Annabelle' has perfect pompoms of pure white. Philadelphus 'Virginal' blooms in late spring with a citrus-blossom scent - hence its common name, mock orange. Prune abutilons back if they get leggy or afflicted with borer, Julian advises, but if they're looking good, leave them alone. 02 of 24 But which ones? Another good thing about it is that it doesn't grow like fury," adds Peter, whose plant has taken 13 years to reach 2.5m high and wide. But since moving to the country, I've come to realise that you can't have a large garden without shrubs. Viburnum plicatum ‘Pink Beauty’ looks perfectly at home amid perennials. There are myriad deciduous viburnums to choose from, from the wedding cake white tiers of Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii', set off by its pleated foliage, to the antique pink pompoms of 'Roseace'; baby pink 'Molly Schroeder', which maintains its colour all summer; and 'Pink Beauty', which starts out lime green and ages to soft pink. Another important factor when growing rhododendrons in containers is sunlight. These miniature woodlands bridged the aesthetic divide between the manicured borders and neat lawns around a house, and the pastures and forests beyond. Too much fertiliser can have a burning effect on plants especially if the potting mix dries out. Check out 44 Best Shrubs for Containers. Hundreds of plants are potentially suitable as ground covers for slopes, depending on the site and your region. There are also many types of edible plants that can be grown in pots and containers. Helichrysum is grown for its small, felt-like leaves. Very Berry offers glossy, dark leaves—the perfect backdrop for small, white, bell-shaped flowers in summer and bright-red, aromatic berries in early fall. These gorgeous plants shine all season long in containers. In 19th-century English literature – and garden design – the shrubbery was where all the action happened. Camelias, citrus, hebes, hydrangea, bay, olive and maples can be planted on their own in one large pot as a feature. Liquid fertiliser such as 'ICan Fast Food' are suitable for regular liquid feeds. Potting mixes available from garden centres etc, are the best medium to use for growing plants in pots. Both have double flowers on the tips of their stems, with the former opening flat with a jagged fringe and the latter looking cupped. Choices include a fragrant plant by the front door, a cheerful bowl of spring bulbs or an immaculate piece of topiary. Container gardening is a super-easy way to dress up your front porch, add a splash of color to shady areas, or cope with poor soil in your yard. Viburnums have been popular in New Zealand for decades as a screening plant. To get the best from your plants think about the following when selecting containers: The container needs to be the right size for the plants that are being grown – large plants need large containers. titoki, broadleaf and cabbage tree. "A nurseryman once told me that abutilons were boring shrubs that only grandmothers want to grow. The bark develops an interesting combination of scaliness and smoothness, and summer flowers come in rich pinks, reds, and purples. Plants in pots add a variety of visual interest to the outside of your home. Some great pots I have seen recently has been where three or more plants have been planted together in the same pot with each plant bringing height, texture or colour that contrasts and compliments the others. See more ideas about plants, container gardening, container plants. Sun loving plants such as vegetables require at least 4-5 hours sunshine each day so check the site before selecting your plants. Stobilanthes gossypinus is a stunning foliage plant that prefers frost-free climates. You might know some plants and some may surprise you, but one thing is sure– You’ll like to have some of these shrubs right away in your container garden. Frame Ivy low maintenance. Remove the plant from its container and run a sharp knife down the root ball in several places to encourage new roots. They can create a striking focal point at times of the year when there is not much colour in the garden. They're remarkably easy-care. We seriously have nearly twenty plants just in pots outside our home. You can also add miniature furniture and fairies to these gardens too. From classic garden staples like rhododendron to more unique options like spirea, you're sure to … It was so wonderful that I came home and planted one against the wall of our house so we could open the windows and enjoy its sweet smell.". The best potting mixes will hold their structure for a long time providing a high level of what's known as AFP, 'Air Filled Porosity'. The ornamental quince (Chaenomeles japonica) is a favourite with birds and bees alike. These coastal perennials, annuals, and shrubs will put on a showstopping display of color from spring to fall, despite sandy soils, salt spray, and strong winds. Striking!. Like kalmias, most viburnums are nothing to look at until they flower. Far classier than a potted poinsettia. We understand you are looking for plants to match your various garden environment, so we have created the following Solutionz™ from our extensive range of garden plants to make it easy for you When potting, the final soil level should be a little way below the rim of the container. Like the silk tassel bush, it is strung with strands of bead-like buds that open to racemes of individual greeny-lemon flowers that bees appreciate. Rhododendrons cannot tolerate bright sunlight. Hardy, handsome and well behaved: what more could you ask of a fella? Some shrubs like kakabeak can even be shaped to fit in with your garden design - but make sure you allow them to flower so the birds benefit. Includes shrubs that flower as early as April or as late as September. But by the 1960s and 1970s they'd become a scoria-gravelled laughing stock, such a symbol of middle-class suburban snootiness that John Cleese and his cohorts saw fit to take the mickey out of them in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Broken pots, Old troughs, cooking pots, coppers, wheelbarrows, baths, beach driftwood and pumice etc are often used. Crape myrtle is … Philadelphus, also known as mock orange, is taller and nondescript when not in bloom. Topiary for pots: Corokia & Buxus. Stachyurus praecox looks great in a vase. To ensure your new shrub gets a good start, choose the right plant for the right place. A mulch of bark chip or nuggets helps reduce evaporation and cools the surface soil. "It's an unusual and delightfully pleasing shrub," says Julian. This way you can give plants a suitable microclimate to display and show them off when they are at their best. Viburnums cope with sun, partial shade, clay soil and dry summers. ... ©2020 New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated. Container Design: plants in pots for focal points & accents. Sun loving plants such as vegetables require at least 4-5 hours sunshine each day so check the site before selecting your plants. Nov 19, 2020 - Not every garden container needs a fancy combination of plants--make one variety the center of attention! So to help you take advantage of the weather, and get your garden looking great for the bleak winter, here are 5 great shrubs … Growing plants in containers presents gardeners with endless opportunities to express their imagination and flair. Cistus . 'Frosty Morn' and 'Virginal' are my favourites. The larger leaf Sweet Viburnum has large shiny emerald leaves and produces white fragrant flowers and small red berries. At Sissinghurst, Vita Sackville-West kept one in a pot to bring indoors for Christmas colour. There are many different types of cordylines, includes colourful clump forming varieties such as Electric Pink and Electric Flash, along with larger plants such as Cordyline Australis (NZ Cabbage Tree). After all, we don’t grow plants that need a lot of water in the desert, or grow plants that need us a lot of sunlight in the shade. Pretty isn't a word I'd use to describe this novel shrub; its look is more haunted house, with peculiar strands of silvery catkins from late winter. Gareth Carter is general manager of Springvale Garden Centre, Easy Earth to collect food waste from customers, Best of 2020: Whanganui Ford Anglia cleans up in national competition, Jackson's Rēwena Bread on the rise in Whanganui East, Local Focus: St Paul's Pūtiki looking for helpers, Dad told the cancerous lump on cheek was a tooth abscess. Here are 25 of the best. Crab apple The graceful form and versatility of crab apple trees (Malus species) make them ideal for small urban gardens where plants need to be multi-taskers.Crab apples are right on the money with their pretty flowers in spring, lovely green foliage in summer, followed by colourful fruit that the birds adore and golden leaves in autumn. An evergreen as the centerpiece of a container garden is elegant, classic, and low maintenance. This shrub is available in a variety of colors, but to attract butterflies, opt for the mauve-colored species. A fun activity particularly good with children is to use a broken pot to create a miniature garden with different levels. Diana jokingly describes Hydrangea paniculata 'Kyushu', Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' and Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' as her "three tenors", as all are gutsy and gorgeous. Discover 14 flowering shrubs that will bring season long color to your garden. Creative containers – there are many objects, which have outgrown their original use and are ideal containers for growing plants. It's so striking in late August and early September that Eyebright's owner, Peter Owen, says customers are forever asking him to write its name down. We have used them in places like between our garage doors, beside our pool, and next to our front and back doors. But he's not in business anymore," says Julian with a wry chuckle. Pollinator-Friendly Shrubs Deep-purple wavy leaves on a wide-spreading shrub make 'Spilled Wine' weigela a dramatic addition to a container vignette. Always use fertilisers following the manufacturer's instructions on the label. Compact and deciduous (they put on a subtle show of autumn colour), fothergillas prefer acidic soil and sport unusual scented bottlebrush flowers. Unlike the big blobby flowers of the common mophead hydrangea, 'Kyushu' has conical flowerheads with creamy individual florets contrasted by the fluffiness of the buds yet to open, set off by glossy foliage. Abelia Sunshine Daydream This easy to grow shrub has glossy, fresh green leaves with a creamy yellow edge. Place this shrub in full sun to half shade, and watch out for an attack by Japanese beetles in summer.Another shrub that performs nicely in a container is variegated red-twig dogwood (Cornus alba ‘Elegantissima’, Zones 2–8). Camellias, hydrangeas and rhododendrons. I've been guilty of reverse shrubbery snobbery myself in the past. They are the meat in the sandwich, the cream in the Victoria sponge cake, the essential middle tier between groundcovers and trees. A good option is 'Emerald Green' arborvitae, a semi-dwarf cultivar that grows in a narrow pyramid shape to around 7 to 15 feet tall. "When I was a kid in Whangarei, we called them icing plants," says Trish, for the pink and white flowers look like a cake decorator's exquisitely piped icing. For a design with a bit of form, the planting needs to be a mix of ground covers, shrubs, trees, and perennials. 'Kyushu' also takes full sun without scorching and the rabbits don't touch it.". One of the best things about container grown plants is that they can be moved from one place to another provided that they are not too heavy to handle. Regular small amounts of fertiliser are needed to keep plants growing strongly. I have done a number of trials and found that the structure of the potting mix is more significant to plant growth than the amount of fertiliser (although this is also important) that is in the potting mix. Gardening Solutionz™ has a unique approach helping you to find the right plants for your garden. Take your cue from the style of the house and garden – red brick buildings are enhanced by terracotta containers, while a modern plot is the best backdrop for galvanised metal pots. Elevate an already-stunning ocean view by creating a showstopping seaside garden. Container plants add texture and colour to patios and other outdoor areas, especially where space is limited. Flowering shrubs are the backbone of any garden, offering privacy along a border, attracting pollinators, and providing color and interest for years. When watering fill this space slowly with water until it drains from the holes in the bottom of the container. USDA Zones— 8 – 11. 10 Best Plants for Container Gardening. Best pot fertiliser Triabon. Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ lends an airy feel to this perennial border. I suspect Nelson garden centres do a roaring trade in Garrya elliptica sales because the best specimen I've ever seen is in the garden at Eyebright Country Store in Appleby. Place the plant in the hole at the same depth of the original plants container. Available from Stokes Seeds. It wouldn't last a frosty winter at Pepper Tree Garden and Nursery in the Kauaeranga Valley, near Thames, where John and Trish Uffindell grow all manner of intriguing plants. Once you have decided which particular look or style appeals, the next question is what sort of pot or container? Show More. Just don't be tempted to nibble on it; kalmias are so toxic to stock that their common name is "lamb kill". New spring growth is flushed red, creating interest early in the year. 14. With hundreds of varieties, there’s a beautiful blooming bush for every taste! He's a fan of the silvery-fawn shrub Strobilanthes gossypinus, too, though it won't tolerate poor drainage or the merest hint of frost. And miniature types right place of fabulous colours Novatec, Osmocote or Ican slow Food nutrients... 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