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Planting combinations

Guest Author - Hellie T.

If you have just found an old galvanized bucket, a stone sink or milk pail or another exciting container and want to use it in your English Garden - here are some planting combinations that will help you create an English Garden feel.



Just make sure your container has good drainage holes (there are very few plants that enjoy having permanent soggy roots) and put in some good compost.
Adding a handful of slow release fertilizer is a good idea as this will feed your plants throughout the season.

Planting combinations.


  • In spring
    You can use yellow pansies, yellow primulas, purple crocus and purple primulas. These look lovely planted in a shallow willow basket on your doorstep.

  • Another combination that goes well in a shallow container is miniature daffodils, yellow or white pansies with blue grape hyacinths.

  • Try Cowslips with their delicate flowers planted with purple violas.

  • In a stone urn plant Christmas roses and primulas for a wonderful early show.
  • A traditional combination is Pink tulips and Forget-me-nots

    For the late spring and summer
  • In a wide container try Alchemilla mollis or Lady's mantle with its delightful frothy yellow flowers and marvelous leaves, Sweet Williams, blue and pink Cornflowers and Canterbury bells or miniature foxgloves.

  • Another idea would be to plant Nemesia with Alchemilla mollis and pinks and dot a few violas at the front.

  • For a glorious mass of green white and gold plant just poached egg plants in several pots.

  • If you want added height then use a rustic wigwam or tall bamboo canes and grow sweet peas(annuals) or a rose up them and add Nemesia around the bottom

    .
  • The dwarf varieties of cosmos look lovely with lobelia or floss flower (ageratum houstonianum).

  • Feverfew looks good grown in smaller pots but grouped together for massed effect.

  • The Swan River daisies (Brachyscome) come in mainly purples and blues and look good with pot marigolds

  • White Chrysanthemums with dwarf blue delphiniums



Containers look good grouped together and try to get different sizes of containers for maximum interest.
When placing a group of pots put the bigger ones at the back and make sure you can get to them for watering and deadheading.

Enjoy your plants



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This content was written by Hellie T.. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Carol Chernega for details.

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