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What to plant in a pot next to the front door?



I’m far from green fingered and seem to kill off nearly everything I plant. The one thing that has kept going however is some lavender that is in a pot next to my front door. It comes back year after year with almost no attention needed. I’m looking for something that will be equally hard wearing and easy to care for to go in a pot the other side of the door. Any suggestions?


Thanks in advance



  • B3B3 Posts: 27,025

    Another lavender?

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 3,117

    Osteospernums, they flower right through to October if you dead head them and come in lots of colour's, I've just bought a yellow and purple one.........


     They are also drought tolerant and very hardy image


     Or chrysanthemum which come up year after year image


    Erysium Bowles Mauve, also known as the perennial wallflower.  I've got a few dotted about my garden and it produces flowers year-round, literally.  Even when it's been snowing, the flowers shine out a bright purple.  I would say it's got a similar habit to lavender - a bit untidy unless kept groomed but not cut back into woody stems. Thrives in sun and OK in a windy(ish) spot.  It's one of my favourites and I'm in danger of planting too many !


    Or a Hebe. One of the medium size leaves variety that you can keep shaped to a neat bush 18 inches across which produces lovely pink, white or purple flowers.  I can't smell a scent but bees love it.

  • darren636darren636 Posts: 666
    I've got jasminium beesianum in a large ornate pot, scrambling up a metal support right next to the front door- gonna look and smell fabulous if the sun comes out this year

    Complimented with Rosa little rambler , which is a lovely thing in summer.
  • My problem with the front door is watering... We don't have access from the back of the house, and I find that the guttering and overhangs at the front of the house cast a large rain-shadow, but carrying a watering can through the house always causes upset when I spill mucky water in the hallway. So I'd go for something that doesn't need a lot of watering, unless you happen to have a nice outdoor tap right on hand! What about a nice little ceanothus? 

  • HortusHortus Posts: 43

    You could have a bay tree and then plant spring bulbs in the base so there is some colour in the spring.

    The bay tree is not only evergreen, but can be used in your cooking and at Christmas you can cover it is pretty white lights!

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    I want a bay tree, but there's nowhere to put it!

  • I have alpines in pots by my front door, they don't need a lot of watering so can pretty much be left to their own devices.

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