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Dear All I'm in need of some help/inspiration please ! We live in a 3 storey town house. On the top floor, accessible via bi-fold doors, is a lovely roof terrace/patio area. We've just invested in a pair of large planters (H50 W43 - mouth) but we're not sure what to put in them. Any ideas ? This area doesn't have instant access to water so ideally something which doesn't require vast quantities of water. We'd really like something which flowers. Any flowering evergreens spring to mind ? It obviously needs to be happy in a pot. The terrace doesn't bask in sunshine (a few hours up until early afternoon). Any thoughts / recommendations greatly welcome.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,441

    Ferns would do well. Any Dryopteris will cope with a bit of neglect. No flowers though.

    A camellia would cope in  a pot of ericaceous compost,but to get decent flowers you will have to remember to water it and not let it dry out.

  • Janie4Janie4 Posts: 15

    You might look at some of the smaller hebes. They won't mind the wind exposure so much. They are evergreen with a choice of leaf colour and most have colorful flowers too.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,157

    One of the smaller Choisyas? Most of the flowering shrubs I can think of aren't evergreen. Lavender?

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,583

    It is possible to grow viburnum tinus in a pot and keep it trimmed to a reasonable size; it is evergreen and winter flowering. Skimmia japonica would also work; it prefers acid soil.

  • Great advice. Thanks everyone. I quite like the idea of lavender, but will it be possible to buy larger plants in the next month or so ? Everything I've seen so far looks way too small for these pots.
  • Hi Dave, you could also try a Nandina. Not showy flowers but you can get some excellent colour from the newer varieties--I hate the dumpy 'Fireball' personally but am very taken with 'Plum Passion' and 'Gulf Stream'. These are used in California for municipal plantings, so v tolerant of drought, but also seem quite happy in partial shade at least.

  • Janie4Janie4 Posts: 15

    Agree with Tetley, even lavender grows surprisingly well over a season. Put in few plants in the container.

  • Cambridge/Tetley/Janie

    Many thanks. All advice gratefully received from this keen beginner.

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