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kpinkerkpinker Posts: 3
Hello, I wonder if someone can help me.  I've recently bought a Winter Honeysuckle (in a pot) which I planned on planting in a trough (35cm high, 80cm wide, 40cm deep) along with a couple of perennials, training it against a wall.  However, I forgot about the need to repot shrubs in containers only slightly larger than the current one, to avoid waterlogging. But changing the climber's pot every year would surely be very difficult when it's trained against a wall? And frankly I want to create my pretty trough now.. any advice greatly appreciated, thank you!


  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,218
    In this instance I think go for the large trough, use a loam based compost as it will be there for a long time.
  • Is it a evergreen honeysuckle?? if so be careful, I have one planted in the ground, and it grows enormous, beautiful, but big.
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,898
    Would annuals be better? Less competition for food in a restricted space? Good luck with the honeysuckle. 
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040
    I have winter honeysuckle but not sure it would be successful in a pot.  It is more of a shrub when it gets going.  The scent is glorious.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • kpinkerkpinker Posts: 3
    Thanks for the advice.. it's deciduous; debs64 I think you might be right about annuals, I was also considering poached egg plants so perhaps I'll go with them.  Yviestevie - I saw one in a trough recently hence the idea, I hope to curtail the size that way too.  I'm only planting pollinator-friendly plants and they're great for early bees. Nobody seems to be worried about the waterlogging issue so guess I'll give it a go!  Thanks again.
  • kpinkerkpinker Posts: 3
    (using loam-based compost :) thank you WillDB)
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