Plants to be potted at the front of a house.

Hi all.

There are some plant pots outside my m-i-l's house that she would like to plant something in. Trouble is, none of us know all that much about plants.

It would need to be non-toxic as her house is literally on a street (no front garden), so it would be best if it wasn't poisonous to animals/children and we're not sure what would be easy to grow and to maintain. Can anyone please suggest any nice looking plants that we can pot up?

I don't know if it makes masses of difference, but that side of the house is in the shade in the mornings, and in direct sunlight in the afternoon. Would those little spiky succulents be a good choice? Or are there any flowers that would suit this location?


Thanks for reading!




  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    Can you give us an idea about the size of the pots - diameter if round and depth from top to bottom. Also how many? Lots of possibilities depending.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    If they are to be right on the road, how are you going to prevent their being stolen, vandalised or otherwise mucked about with? Trouble is if the display is nice, the plants will disappear.

    Had you thought about window-boxes?

  • bookmonsterbookmonster Posts: 196

    The 1-foot square tub in front of my house has violas, which flower for a lot of the year and aren't very expensive. They come in loads of colours too.

  • EriEri Posts: 8

    IOther people on this street have some lovely displays and they don't seem to get stolen or tampered with. It really isn't that sort of place. So I think we're ok. Window boxes are a nice idea, but I don't think they'll work with this house. The pots are various sizes, nothing too big or too small. About 6 pots, some around 12 inches deep with a 12 inch diameter? Does that help?

  • joulesjoules Posts: 12

    If your a dab hand in the kitchen then try growing some herbs they are relatively easy to grow and rewarding with flavour, Thyme is great in a pot and has really pretty flowers. Just fill a pot with all purpose compost thats a little damp, sprinkle on a few seeds, lightly cover with more compost and water a little, then keep moist, at this time of year they will soon pop up. Mint is also a good one for the pot as it can take over in the garden, as is rosemary and sage. All these herbs will give you many years of pleasure hope that helps, good luck,  post a pic when you have sorted your dilemma so we can see your achievements image

  • EriEri Posts: 8

    Thank you all! Went to the post office today (they sell plants now in this one!) and the lady in there directed us towards some. Will be planting them when it's cooler tonight and will post a photo! Thanks once again, you're all so helpful on this forum.

  • EriEri Posts: 8

    Hahahahaha brilliant! I will post a photo in the morning, as we planted them just now and it's a little dark. But there will be a photo tomorrow. =) We are very proud, as these are the first things we've ever planted. =D We've probably done it wrong, but time will tell! ^_^ Thanks guys!

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,915

    But as they are in pots don't forget to water and feed them.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692
    Verdun wrote (see)


    Its appropriate you,"post" a photo tonight since you bought the plants at a "post" office.  ( got that joke from Fairygirl)

    As if I would make such a poor attempt at humour Verd.....imageimage



  • EriEri Posts: 8

    Hello again everyone! As promise, I have returned with a photo. These are the first things I've ever planted. We've probably done it totally wrong, but we tried... *nervous laugh* Certainly, they've brightened up the front of the house. In the end we settled with geraniums (my Nan grows these and they seem pretty hardy, the colours are beautiful too), petunias (again, beautiful colours, we have a pot of petunias on either side of the front door, they've replaced two very tiny, very dead bushes), and something I'd never heard of before called a Purple Shamrock. I think it's great, the leaves close up at night, which is really cool! And apparently it spreads well, so it'll hopefully fill the pot in time. So, hoping that the computer says yes, I'm going to try to upload a photo of these...







     I'm hoping this has worked. Has anyone got any tips for keeping these things happy and getting them to grow? The lady at the Post Office said to water them twice a day until they're settled in, but I have no clue how to tell when that has happened. Does she mean when they've got some new growth?

    Thank you once again guys, you've all been very kind. image

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