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What plant to put in container I got

susananwmssusananwms Posts: 213
Have been wondering for weeks what to put in a big round pot I got
Measurements are 45cm high 41cm wide
or17 and half inches and 16 inches
Garden totally overgrown at moment with too much stuff planted but learned not to plant so much stuff when you do not know what you are doing
Pot now in corner of patio I think is south west facing gets sun till about 18.45
Is it worth planting some thing now?


  • Yes I would say definitely worth planting something now. I would be off to the garden centre like a flash. Could get late flowering perennials such as aster, dahlia or chrysanthemums. Still lots of bedding plants around too or look at something evergreen - choisya or Daphne underplanted with spring bulbs. 
  • msqingxiaomsqingxiao Posts: 460
    My local Sainsbury's is selling loads of flowering Dahlias and some other perennials in 2L pots for £3.5. 
  • susananwmssusananwms Posts: 213
    Thanks for you comments.  I have got masses of bedding plants in garden and in pots (bought too many and do not even know what a lot of the are) but have looked at pics of Daphne and love the look of it so think I will go with that as it looks as if it would just look perfect in my pot
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427
    Daphne's are quite difficult to grow especially in a pot.  They are temperamental shrubs.I would ask at nursery. Garden center for advice
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,070
    I would agree. Most Daphnes aren't going to be happy in there for long. There are also lots of varieties and some don't like full sun, so you'd have to be careful with choices. Most need enough moisture in the soil to do well, so that's always harder in pots too. A bit of research would be needed to get the right variety, and the aftercare needs to be sound.  :)  
    If you want a shrub, there are better choices. Hebes for example. 
    Anything potted long term needs a suitable medium too - not just compost, although that would do initially -for a few months.  A soil/loam based medium is what you need.
    Some of the ornamental grasses would be fine in pots too. Many are quite tolerant of drier, sunny conditions.  Astelias too, if you live in a suitable location -ie warm enough through winter, as they aren't fully hardy. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • susananwmssusananwms Posts: 213
    Thanks for that advice.  I will give the Daphne a miss then as I am not experienced at gardening and prefer to just plant something and let it grow with just watering and some feed now and again
    I want something easy and simple so should I maybe just stick with bedding plants?  All the ones I have planted have grown massively, too much in some cases.
    The only reason I was thinking of something else was because I have already got loads of bedding plants but there is nothing to stop me having more
  • Sorry for the bad advice @Nanny Beach and @Fairygirl are right Daphne are better planted in the ground. Would love to know what you decide to do with your pot 😊
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