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Hi everyone, I've got a squarish container that gets afternoon/eve sun, not that deep about 18 inches. I've thought of the usual perennial culprits but has anyone got ideas for a small, summer flowering, preferably evergreen shrub that they've had success with in these conditions that could go with these. I know someone out there will come up with something good, many thanks Sue


  • Forgot to say it's about 2ft squarish!

  • Abelia Confetti comes to mind but don't know if the container would be deep enough.

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,282

    A small azalea? Some flower in the summer.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Thanks for those suggestions, just got back in and will have a look at them. I live at 800ft so it does get cold and windy and rainy! So need to be hardy souls. Thanks

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    Hebes - lots of varieties and they're very happy in containers. Should be fine at that altitude too. You may find that whatever you choose, you'll have to shelter it a bit in winter. Pop it round to a different corner!

    Holly will take it though. You could always have something less robust for most of the year, and do a swap for a holly in late autumn for a few months image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • How about a cistus? I've got an 'Alan Fradd' that is supposed to be hardier than most. It came through last winter (I'm 400 ft higher than you!) unscathed, but that was a very mild one for here. It has flowered all summer, lovely white crushed silk flowers with dark red centres. I'm hoping that with some mulch and maybe some fleece I may be able to keep it going. Mine is in the ground, but if yours is in a pot you could move it into a more sheltered spot in very cold weather.

    Or a Euphorbia? Ascot Rainbow is hardy, evergreen, has prettily variegated leaves. goes pink in cold weather and has green, yellow and red flowers in summer. Apparently great in a pot. Can't speak from experience yet, as I won mine in a raffle at my gardening club last night, and had to read up on it when I got home! It is good looking though!

  • Thanks . Well that's loads to think about, I can't move the container it's too heavy. Just trying to get dog out in a break from rain (pugs don't like rain) and then can settle down & do some reading.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924

    If you plant into a plastic container that fits inside your nice pot, you can plant up another pot and then swap those pots over. 

    I do it all the time with different plants when I have a nice pot that is a feature in itself. image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thanks fairy girl, I'm either a  bit lazy or not organised enough for moving pots around, I just like to leave them where they are but I think I might have to start considering this approach to be able to have some of the plants I want, it gets very windy and not just at this time of year! One of the pots I could move,so plenty of ideas , thanks everyone.

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