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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: 16,162

    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.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • 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: 19,197

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

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,126

    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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