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mcpbowmanmcpbowman ChesterfieldPosts: 22

Hello everyone,

I am getting married this year (September) and was thinking of decorating the venue with some home grown flowers to add to the flower displays we are having made.

One of the main things I was thinking of was using small containers (no decision made on these yet but I was thinking of looking around charity shops for interesting vessels or upcycling tin cans, something like that - not everyone's cup of tea but we don't want the decorations to be too formal/traditional).

I was wondering if you guys would be able to recommend some plants that would do well in such small containers?

Ideally a mix of plants/greenery and something I could grow from seed. For a colour scheme we are ideally looking at blues/pinks/whites and keeping to the pastel side of those.

Thank you and I look forward to your replies :)

Matt

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,490

    Hi Matt and Congratulations to you both.

    A lovely colour scheme, and one I'm working toward in one of my borders.
    Last year I grew these Phlox Moody blues from seed and they flowered their socks off until well into October. Lots of lovely shades of blue

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    https://www.thompson-morgan.com/p/phlox-drummondii-moody-blues/gww9105TM

    There's also Laurentia and Bacopa which would work well in small containers with cineraria for a touch of silver

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  • mcpbowmanmcpbowman ChesterfieldPosts: 22

    Hi Pete,

    Thank you and thanks for your reply, those Phlox look perfect for what I was thinking. I also really like the other suggestions too. I remember seeing the Cineraria before and thinking i should note down the name of it so I'm happy I can finally add it to the long list of things to grow! I think a few seeds might find their way in to my borders too!

    Thank you for your help :)

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,532

    For greenery, I suggest lettuce image 

    No really - something like green oak leaf - lovely bright green, easy to grow from seed and then put into your final containers and happy enough in small pots for a week or two. Then you can eat them image

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  • mcpbowmanmcpbowman ChesterfieldPosts: 22

    Thanks raisingirl! 

    I really love that idea! I’m definitely going to add these into the mix (as long as I get approval of course :P). I hadn’t thought about using edibles but it would be a great twist on the usual arrangements :)

    Thank you!

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,153

    Love the look of that phlox Pete .....gone on my list to try for this year image

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,382

    A friend of mine grew lobelia, blue, pink and white, in small pots for her daughter's wedding. She decorated the dinner tables with them and gave them away to the guests at the end. They did need looking after through the early summer, though, watering. August wedding. I know they last until the frosts if not burnt in a hot sun as I have sown them from seed and grown them in pots.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,490
    chicky says:

    Love the look of that phlox Pete .....gone on my list to try for this year image

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     Mine too chicky! I was really impressed with them. The seeds germinated easily and they flowered so well throughout the summer and well into October with no attention

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • mcpbowmanmcpbowman ChesterfieldPosts: 22
    Busy-Lizzie says:

    A friend of mine grew lobelia, blue, pink and white, in small pots for her daughter's wedding. She decorated the dinner tables with them and gave them away to the guests at the end. They did need looking after through the early summer, though, watering. August wedding. I know they last until the frosts if not burnt in a hot sun as I have sown them from seed and grown them in pots.

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     Thank you Busy Lizzie. They are lovely, I bet they looked great!

    I really like those too so might add them into the mix, I think the house is going to be taken over by seedlings at this rate...what a shame! :D

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 700

    Love the look of that phlox! That's definitely on my list of plants for this year. I too am interested to hear if anyone had anymore suggestions on plants for small containers as I have a few 11cm terracotta pots of like to use this year :)

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