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I currently have bucket sized ceramic plant out side my front door- it is slowly turning into a bit of a dustbin!

There is no drainage in the pot, and where it is majority of the time it is shade. When it rains it can easily become quite sodden. 

I would love to have something outside my front door to give a bit a colour if possible- i have tried bulbs but due to the lack of sun they grow but don't flower. 

Any suggestions would be welcome!


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,501

    How about Hakonechloa? Gorgeous golden green leaves for a large part of the year and can cope with shade and some soil moisture. Mine grows in claggy stuff in my bog garden and is very happy! You are supposed to cut it back in spring, but I haven't, apart from removing some of the old dead leaves (it is deciduous, but starts up early!) and it looks fine.

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    If you put a half brick inside the ceramic pot and then your new plant still in its plastic pot inside, that should sort out the drainage issue. As for plants, you could try an euonymus, or rhodedendron, some heucherellas, ivy etc. depending on the size of the pot.

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Longterm planting usually consist of interesting foliage. Houttuynia Cordata Chameleon will do well in pots. 

    But what about yearly changes. It's easy to get hold of Begonia Semperflorens and edge the pots with tumbling Bacopa Snowtopia. 

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