The best plants for pots that suit your outdoor space


Burning in pots and vessels is the taste of many small London spaces.

With an exquisite selection of potted plants, you can transform a terrace or a small garden into a small idyll. There are no limits to the possibilities – you can grow fruit and vegetables and herbs in it as well as flowers and climbing plants.

They can be as simple as you like; What could be prettier than a cluster of terracotta pots with geraniums? Well, pelargoniums if you feel like it. When working with paved surfaces, pots are the easiest way to add greenery to a space. Keep in mind that potted plants will need extra watering and fertilizing to compensate for restricted root growth and fast-drying compost.

I would go with terra cotta pots myself, which you can line with other material like used compost bags to prevent excessive evaporation. For roses, they must be quite large. Drainage is crucial, so check to make sure you actually have holes in the base. Ideally, place pots, smashed flower pots, or shards of pottery or stone on the bottom to keep them from clogging. Fill the pot almost to the brim with good, all-purpose, peat-free soil. Homebase is a very good all-purpose compost, while Dalesfoot compost is particularly good for pots with good water retention made from sheep’s wool and bracken.

Then add your plants. If you have several, plant two or more species in combination as this will give the most interesting display. Then place them much closer together than you would in a garden bed, without packing them directly on top of each other. Try adding some trailing to soften the edges of your pot. If you’re planting a rose or shrub, consider sprinkling the planting hole with mycorrhizal fungus granules to help them establish quickly.

And do not forget Water well and often.

There are umpteen options for planting in pots; Here are a few suggestions.

Runaway Bride Hydrangea

Garden Express

This is a new and beautiful hydrangea plant spotted at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018. Perfect for pots, it is very free flowering and the snowy lace cap flowers run the full length of the stem.

Lord Bute Geranium


When is a geranium not a geranium? Why, when it’s a noble pelargonium. And few are more noble than Lord Bute, which has the most refined dark red flowers. Place several together, either in individual terracotta pots or in one large one for a very elegant effect. And remember, these plants are incredibly easy to propagate; Simply stick a cutting in water until it takes root, then plant it.

White Sparkle collection

Sarah Rabe

Sarah Raven makes very good container collections so you don’t have to think about what goes with what. The White Sparkle is very noble, light and white. It consists of a fragrant Acidanthera, an airy Gaura and, to soften the edges of the pot, a pendulous white lobelia.

Daphne Perfume Princess

Garden Express

So you want scent in your garden, right? Be careful what you wish for because the Daphne perfume princess will blow your mind. It’s a new hybrid with larger-than-normal buds and an intoxicating scent – one sprig should scent an entire room.

Eustacia Vye, English Shrub Rose

David Austin Rosen

For a gorgeous rose look no further than this very pretty pink rose with beautiful ruffled petals and a strong fruity scent. It’s healthy and vigorous and will thrive in a pot. Or if you can handle a rose with a less vigorous growth but a very graceful shape, Desdemona in off-white is one of the most beautiful.

Magnolia stellata


Most magnolias are huge, right? Well, this version isn’t exactly a dwarf – it grows to 3-4 meters tall – but it is pot suitable, with very pretty jagged starry white flowers. It blooms from March to April, but it’s worth getting in now.


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