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Has anyone got any ideas for types of plants for two 4ft tall pots? Would like something with height / make a statement   

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 3,741

    Is this for an indoor display? Are there drainage holes? Would look great with collected branches from your garden. Even seasonal displays from ornamental quince blossoms and of course shrub branches that have berries. Cotoneasters, Hollies, and Nadina Domestica. Hazel stems and Dogwood stems are popular at this time of year.

  • Borderline says:

    Is this for an indoor display? Are there drainage holes? Would look great with collected branches from your garden. Even seasonal displays from ornamental quince blossoms and of course shrub branches that have berries. Cotoneasters, Hollies, and Nadina Domestica. Hazel stems and Dogwood stems are popular at this time of year.

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     They are for outside use, lovey ideas for arrangements tho! Thank you ?

  • We have placed them imagehere for now, but may not be final setting. We have a south facing, sheltered garden In the midlands. 

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 3,741

    Hi Katie1601, if they are for outdoor display, I think the main plant area is small, so will suggest seasonal bedding display. These are my opinions, and others may offer other points of view. When the pot is that tall, I think it's nicer to have plants that are low growing, and because your surface space is small,  I think Violas for now till early summer and then switch to wax Begonias if you have a semi shaded area or Nastursiums that tumble down the pot in the summer months. They can be grown from seed. Cyclamens from late autumn into winter.

  • Thank you, lovely ideas ?

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,015

    Lovely pots, but very awkward for growing in.  The shape of the pots makes them top heavy to start with, more so when full of soil, and then you add plants, which will catch the wind.  Unless you have some way of fixing them in place, I think they'll be for ever falling over. My mum had a smaller pot in a similar shape, and when she wanted to replant it after a few years, it was impossible to get the plants out as the roots were too bulky to go through the narrow neck.  Might be Ok if you just grow annuals or replant it every year so the roots don't have time to get that big.  Or do as I do with my chimney pot and just drop a conventional plant pot in the top.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,819

    As much as I don't rate annual 'bedding' plants , Begonia 'Apricot Sensation' cascading down throughout the summer months would look effective . Available from around March/April .

    Just select the right size pot to sit in the neck of the planters , and maybe a good idea (as said above) to put some weights in the bottom of them .

  • I’m going to disagree with the others lol. Put some sandbags or compost bags in front of them in the wind and the wall will protect the other side. 

    please please put Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura in there, the pot size is exactly right.  https://www.jparkers.co.uk/prunus-kikushidarezakura?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqKbBq9-J2QIVYbHtCh3FVAWAEAQYAiABEgK2b_D_BwE#fo_c=193&fo_k=5743ea651701248bf92c7002f6462023&fo_s=gplauk

    the pot will restrict the height to about 2m but you could make them smaller.

    Last edited: 03 February 2018 12:33:00

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