Container-grown plants in our Fife garden
In our Aberdeen garden pots and baskets were generally all about annual plants. Here in Fife, the garden is much smaller. The borders are jam-packed. The only way to compensate was with the use of containers. This time it’s much more than just annuals.
We still have the Flamboyant begonia tubers which we purchased in Aberdeen 24 years ago. They gradually got so big I had to cut them in half, then quartered. I gave away many of these butchered tubers. The ones I have left are still going strong. The flamboyant below is from a single gnarled misshapen tuber.
I had my doubts when I saw this Fatsia in the garden centre in May of 2017. I mean, they are a bit on the tender side. However, I took a chance and it came through the Winter with very little damage. I think they would struggle to survive further inland in many Scottish areas.
Multiflora Begonia Buffy
I prefer these multiflora type Begonias. For one thing, they don’t get destroyed by the wind, and they look good in tubs.
Hakonechloa macra aureola
Hackonechloa is one of my favourite grasses. This one below would look much better if the wood pigeons would stop sitting on it.
Multiflora Begonia Richard Galle
In the early part of the 20th century, three begonias were developed. Flamboyant with the red blooms, Helen Harms which is yellow and this little beauty with orange flowers Richard Galle
Phormium Cookianum Apricot Queen
Described as frost hardy, this Phormium was a bit of a gamble. However, like the Fatsia, it came through its first Winter comfortably and is looking rather good.
Hanging basket by the garage door
This Pine tree sits in a tub by the garage door. When we got back with it from the garden centre we found the name label was missing.
Multiflora Begonia Peardrops
Even if you are not a fan of Begonias I think the multiflora pear-drops may turn your head. The blooms sit tightly against the dense foliage making it withstand any weather the Scotish climate throws at us. Purchased as plug plants in April, I asked the seller if it would be likely to develop tubers. Well, apparently not, as the season doesn’t give enough time for this to happen. I’m thinking, perhaps I could try potting up a few and overwintering them indoors.
Phyllostachys nigra Black Bamboo
We have several Bamboos, in tubs and in the borders. Hiding as much of the fence as possible is very important to us. Phyllostachys nigra is doing a good job in the patio area.
Oriental Lily Golden Romance
Planted in tubs early April, these two Oriental Lilies flowering July/August filled the air with a fantastic fragrance.
Oriental Lily After Eight
Buddleja Black Knight
In the warm Summer days, the butterflies enjoyed the Buddlejas. we have three of them in large pots. They don’t seem entirely happy, leaves turning yellow and dropping.
Buddleja pink delight
The bare garage wall as seen from the back garden. The Hydrangea petiolaris one of the most purposeful plants in the garden, helping to cover the ugly wall. What did I do! Plant it in this ridiculously small half barrel. It’s been there for eighteen months now, it will soon start to suffer, I have a plan!
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle
I featured this Hydrangea in my Previous post
Skimmia Japonica Temptation
This self-fertile Skimmia with year-round appeal is a plant which I will feature soon.