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EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 420

Hello, I'm looking for some ideas for a 50cm x 50cm square pewter-coloured planter which was a birthday present. It looks huge compared to my other planters, so I'm not sure what it will hold. It's the sort of thing that you might have a pair of, either side of a grand entrance, each with a clipped evergreen,  and would look great. But as its on its own, I can still do that or be a bit more flamboyant. The only thing that I'm certain about is an under-planting of snowdrops or crocuses which will be out on my birthday every year. Also, our garden gets a lot of strong wind, and I cant give the planter much protection without hiding it away in a dark corner, so nothing delicate, I'm afraid. Any lovely ideas? 

Carmarthenshire 
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  • I have a weeping Cedar underplanted with blue grass, going to be adding some snowdrops to it later today. 

  • EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 420

    Thankyou, I love both of those ideas, just need to pick the look that I'm going for. 

    Carmarthenshire 
    If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake. 
  • This is newly planted and a baby, the grass was grown from seeds and has only just been transplanted in there. In a year everything will become Big.

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  • EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 420

    I've been looking at pictures on google and they look lovely don't they? Very graceful. 

    Carmarthenshire 
    If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake. 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639

    If you have winds, it's best to have plants with small leathery leaves with stiff stalks. Will it be in sun or shade? You could try bay leaf shrub, Laurus Nobilis in the middle. A pyramid shape will keep it from being blown about.  Or if it's a bit shady Box Leaved Holly, Ilex Crenata shaped into a lolli-pop or tall pyramid shape. Have Saponaria Ocymoides underplanted if it's sunny or Viola Cornuta if it's semi shade. 

    Last edited: 09 February 2018 18:37:36

  • EmerionEmerion Carmarthenshire Posts: 420

    Hi Borderline, thanks for those extra ideas. It's West-facing, and gets full sun from midday until sunset. So I tend to go for things that want full sun. Thanks for the tips about shaping. 

    Carmarthenshire 
    If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake. 
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