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Colourful plants to put in large plant pots/urns

I have a number of large pots/urns 30 to 50 cms across. The last couple of years have tried various different combinations of plants but they always look a bit feeeble to the size of the urns.



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Plant a tall one in the middle for height then work outwards and use trailing plants for the side-really cram the plants in-use a good quality compost add some slow release fertiliser granules-keep on top of the watering

    Towards the back end of the season add a liquid feed once a week as well.

  • Thanks for that but I was thinking more of what types of plants

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Then you need to be more specific-annuals ,permament plantings,summer colour spring colour-what you like what you dont like-location-could go on................

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    30cm is not large, as pots go. Just about big enough for a canna, or small lily bulbs. Lilies look good in pots.

    50cm would be suitable for architectural plants like cordylines or palms (not particularly colourful), or tree lilies.

    On GW last Summer, Monty made up some pots in his garden, consisting of red cannas, surrounded by several other hot-looking plants. That sort of idea has a lot of scope, if you want something big and colourful. Cannas surrounded by dahlias would be colourful, if you want that sort of thing.

  • I always start with one tall grass in the middle of the pot,usually a  deep purple variety, then put in sweet potato  vines chartreuse and blackie ,and change out the fill plants with the seasons.I even add small gourds and pumpkins in the fall.Things that thrill, things that fill and things that spill .

  • TesniTesni Posts: 163

    A mixture of orange and yellow marigolds can look good,

  • Here are a couple of pots I did last year.


     Pink Marguerite, violas, white petunias


     Species fuchsia, Thalia, bacopa.ivy, brachycome,  bedding begonia.

    I usually use some violas or pansies, if I have any left over as well.

    I have wallflowers and bulbs in the winter.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,740


    Tiger Eye Gold rudbeckia, Scaevola and Bidens. This was July and later the scaevola hung much further down the pot. Sorry about the mess in the background. I love the pink arrangement above.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Loveto garden- wow just love these pics. How beautiful

    Busy- Lizzie- I'm going to have to have another look through my seeds, I'm going to try to copy this

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