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pot-manpot-man Posts: 139
Just had a large flower box (coffin) made , need suggestions for planting this, something for all the seasons thx in advance      


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,914
    What sort of location will it be in, sunny or shady? 
  • pot-manpot-man Posts: 139
    Sunny till dinner time ish
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,432
    Are you posh?  This could affect the time of dinner😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,914
    Lavender springs to mind for summer assuming you've got good drainage. You could plant bulbs such as narcissi and tulips for Spring colour.
  • pot-manpot-man Posts: 139
    I’ve got some daffs and tulip bulbs to go in , looking for  some shrub ideas really 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,914
    Off the top of my head, Hebes, skimmia, Brachyglottis , helianthemum , it depends on the sort of height you want, but there's a fair few smaller ones listed here  :)
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Shrubs evergreen or deciduous?
    Skimmia, small hebes, daphne for evergreen 
    Dwarf lilac, hardy fuchsia.
    Small perennials with grasses
    Herbaceous clematis 
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,432
    edited October 2019
    No. Not necessarily. You may have got it from a book😉
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,992
    B3 said:
    Are you posh?  This could affect the time of dinner😉
    Not sure this planter qualifies for a posh coffin. ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    I'd personally avoid Skimmias. Unless you can give them the right conditions, they tend to look dire. Especially when not in the ground.
    Pieris would be better, if you can have neutral to acid conditions in the container, as they have better all year round appeal. 
    Bear in mind that even one shrub will take up quite a bit of room, so you may need to be doing a bit of regular pruning, and make sure you don't just use multi purpose compost  :)
    I'd suggest Osmanthus burkwoodii. I have that in what is effectively a container. Evergreen, glossy green leaves,  small white scented flowers in late winter/early spring. Very straightforward, no problem with tidying up regularly if needed, and works well with almost any other plant. Euphorbias would also work well - fairly unfussy once established, but choose wisely. Some can get big, leggy and a bit invasive. Hellebores would also be  quite happy. I have some in bud just now - Hellebore niger. 
    If you can divide up your container, with a lined, timber barrier, it would give you more scope too, as you could have plants which like moister conditions next to ones that like really light soil.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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