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Plants for small pots

Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,047
Making the most of my local garden centre's 80% off old stock pots so been busy buying a load of different sizes recently. Are there any plants in particular that do well in small pots like at the front here, around 7" diameter-

I'd say they're typically too small for most things unless just intending to immediately pot them on but they're too nice to just use as a temporary home.


  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 943
    Ooooh, yes, I'd be interested in any replies here... I've a lovely plant theatre (aka etagere) that needs some good low-maintenance summer plants for smallish pots...
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Sempervivum house  leeks. Our local does them in sets of 4. Top dress with gravel or coloured glass, shells or whatever takes your fancy. They don't need a great depth of soil.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,622
    The small dark leaved begonias would look good, blooms most of the summer until the first frosts and don't grow too big. Dianthus, diascia or nemesia perhaps.  Small hostas or ferns for shady places.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Snowdrops in one, crocus in another, iris reticulata in the third.  Or crocus in all three, one yellow, one white, one purple.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    My favourite flowers,  pansies or violas, I’ve got some gorgeous pink ones or purple looks good with blue. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,047
    Dianthus would work a treat as I have some in the border I want to dig up.
  • Julia1983Julia1983 Posts: 139
    I've got campanula (not sure exactly what type I'm afraid) doing well in small pots
  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,091
    I was thinking alpines too @K67 as they should be ok in dry conditions over the summer.🙂
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    Armeria Maritima, Lewsia Cotyledon/Longipelata, Saxifraga and Erigeron Karvinskianus will all do fine in small and shallow pots.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,047
    Dug up the dianthus from the border tonight-

    There roots go deeper than I'd have expected. 
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