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Hi, I'm getting married early June next year and I've bought wooden crates for my centrepieces/decorations.  I'd like to fill these with living plants in seperate pots that our guests can then take home with them so they can be repurposed.  I was really wanting blues, pinks, purples, whites and would like to supplement them with herbs possibly? 

I've got so far as thinking lobelia and campanula, but need plants that will be flowering to give a lovely display.  I'd love your insight as to how I can achieve this.  I'm fairly new to gardening, I don't have a greenhouse, but have a large garden that is a sun trap where I grow plants in pots for the summer.  We live on the coast in the North East of England so the weather isn't always great but my parents have a large conservatory which may help.

Thanks in advance 

Last edited: 06 August 2017 08:15:51



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,262

    I think a visit to a garden centre early May, would be about right. They will be selling stuff for hanging baskets and pots then.  Plant them up and keep in the conservatory until needed.  Trailing blue lobelia, purple sage, nemesias, would all be suitable.

  • Thanks for the reply.  Will they be in full bloom by then?  I was thinking more of growing plants from seed to try to keep costs down.  As a second time bride I have my priorities a little straighter and want to spend as little as possible

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391

    I raised lobelia from seed using a heated bench in an unheated greenhouse and they didn't begin flowering until the 2nd week in June so even if you had the right equipment, growing from seed isn't really an option.  I agree with fidget and would keep visiting several garden centres a few weeks before the wedding to see which plants each have and at what stage of development they are.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Hi angoc.  I've just looked back at some photos of my seedlings progress this year.  I'm in North West England, my lobelia (seeds started off in heated propagator, Jan) were still small and green in mid May. Started to flower early July, in full bloom now.

    I agree with fidget and Bob that shop bought plants would be a better option, and further ahead than home grown lobelia.  

    Sorry it's not what you were hoping to hear, just sharing my growing experience from up north.  We're always a few weeks behind, and it was a very good spring this year for warm temps. 

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    Show us yer pictures fidget image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,101

    What abo ut Nigella? ... appropriately called 'Love in a Mist'  sown in succession in September/early October you should get blooms for the beginning of June 

    Have a lovely wedding image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,262

    Which ones,  plant pauper?

     Getting married early June? What are the containers like? Have you a photo?

     How many table decorations do you need. ?

    I did all mine for an October 15 wedding, using gladioli in copper jugs.  I planted nearly a 100 gladioli in succession to get them flowering at the right time.

     Last year I opened my big gob, after a couple of drinks and promised to supply sweet peas for a wedding mid  July. Normally at this time  I have been inundated, of course last year we had a cold wet Spring and they were only just starting to flower. Only just made it. Phew.

    If you are planting up, think of them like small tubs. Bedding plants about to come into flower  are around in May, and while I usually despise them for being too early, they will be just the job. If you get a purple sage now, cuttings taken now will be a good size to add foliage next May.

     The other alternative could be Lavender plants, small ones grown on now could be tempted into flower early in a conservatory.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,262

    Shows some of the flowers from my wedding. Mid October, so gladioli and dahlias mainly.  All out of the garden. (I have got a big garden, veg patch and greenhouse with heating.)

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    Em's em. Lovely! image

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Buy bare rooted lavender in the autumn and pot them up. Should be fairly cheap. 

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