Seasonal family favourites with a twist
The industry experts have spoken and here are some of their predictions for patio pots and hanging baskets for family gardens in 2015.
If you’ve got a young family, then colourful and bright combinations are a must for your summer tubs. Schemes using blue, red and yellow are the perfect recipe for success this year.
Here are some great plants for contemporary containers that suit all the family:
A variation on the trailing petunia, this look-a-like has daffodil yellow, velvety flowers. Perfect for summer-long colour. Ideal for tubs and hanging baskets. Feed with a high potash feed to encourage more and more blooms. Eventual approx. height 25cm and spread 40cm.
Bidens ‘Pirates Booty’ – yellow
Great for baskets and patio pots this variety grows vigorously without overpowering other plants. It is a half hardy perennial that is bushy yet trails. It grows to an eventual approx. height of 30cm.
Calibrachoa Cabaret™ Bright Red
A variation on the trailing petunia, this look-a-like has bright, postbox red velvety flowers. Perfect for summer-long colour. Ideal for tubs and hanging baskets. Feed with a high potash feed to encourage more and more blooms. Eventual approx. height 25cm and spread 40cm.
Geranium ‘Wilhelm Langguth' – red
An upright geranium with red blooms and attractive cream and green variegated foliage with a tinge of red, which is used for bedding purposes. These strong and upright plants grow to a height of 40cm and are perfect for containers, borders and centrepieces in hanging baskets. They will flower all summer long and suit a sunny position.
Dahlia ‘Gallery Rivera’
A showy, low-growing, hardy perennial. It has deep green leaves that provide the perfect foil for the red double flowers that appear in abundance from midsummer to autumn.
Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ – blue
A British-grown perennial that produces dark blue flowers on long stalks all summer. The flowers keep on coming too if you remove any dead ones.
Isotoma ‘Pot Indigo’ – blue
This Laurentia has lots and lots of star-shaped lavender blue flowers one after another throughout the summer. Use it on its own in a tub or basket for maximum effect or pop it in a patio pot with other bedding. It is also suitable for borders. Flowers June to October. Prefers a well-drained soil in sun or partial shade and needs to be protected from frosts.
Always place trailing plants at the edges so they can cascade over the sides.
If you haven’t found what you’re looking for here, we offer a search and find service free of charge and can get in touch with our industry contacts to see if we can source the plants you require.
If you’d like further assistance and free advice on how to plant up your pots and baskets our experts would be happy to chat to you, please do get in touch via telephone, email or social media.
Prefer an urban vibe? Find out what you should be planting in your pots this year here.
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