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Planting in tubs and baskets — 19 Comments

  1. So gorgeous! I don’t put a lot in pots because I tend to neglect them and underwater. You obviously take very good care of them. The begonias and lilies are beautiful, and I just love your Fatsia!

  2. I’ve often been tempted to give Fatsia a try. It looks too exotic for an English, never mind Scottish, garden. Are you very close to the coast? Did it get winter protection? East coast is drier than the west and it’s the rain combined with the cold that does in most of my borderline plants, even much farther south. Still tempted though..

    • We are one mile from the coast I didn’t give it any Winter protection. It is in a sheltered situation behind the fence although I have seen other Fatsias in the village which show a little damage in late Winter but soon recover. To be honest the Fatsias which I saw in Cheshire didn’t look as good as the one I have here. I put it down to being sheltered from the cold winds and being near the coast.

  3. Hello Alistair .. Your begonias are truly gorgeous ! .. the history of Flamboyant is amazing .. some plants just want to live forever no matter what. The Fatsia lends such an exotic flair to your garden .. almost reminds me of the castor bean plant that would be an annual here , it is a dramatic plant especially the purple variety.
    I have no hand for potted plants .. can’t keep up with the watering so I spare potential plants that demise ? haha
    But you have wonderful hand with yours .. very pretty to see !

    • Thank you Joy, The watering can become tiresome, especially if you have been lazing about on a hot day and then find out at 5 pm everything needs watering. The common name for Fatsia is the castor oil plant.

  4. I’m in Aberdeen (Rosemount) and planted my newly bought Fatsia Janponica last week in a sheltered corner. Fingers crossed it does as well as yours! Slowly but surely I am trying to build up to a “exotic” look.

    • Hi Shaun, good luck with your Fatsia. I never had success with it when we were in Aberdeen, we were in a frost pocket though. Send me a picture or two of your exotic looking garden sometime.

  5. You have really demonstrated the versatility of growing plants in pots! I have been admiring Hackonechloa, and now more than ever I want it, though I may have to order it rather than find it at a local nursery. Your Annabelle hydrangea is gorgeous. I am not surprised it is doing so well in a container, as it is easy to give it the good drainage it needs.

  6. Alistair, thanks ! you have jarred my memory about the name/plant family .. now how funny is that !
    Now maybe it will finally stick with me? LOL

  7. Hello, Alistair!
    Stunning collection of begonias! Your Flamboyant begonia is in bloom!
    I fear to cut begonias tubers, if the cut parts get dry?
    Now I change my mind watching your garden in tubs, decided to plant some of my plants in tubs or barrels. This year 4 of my clematises have grown in tubs.
    Happy new week!

    • Thank you Nadezda, take care with your tubs, Winter in your part of the world is much colder. I do remove the begonias from tubs in the Autumn, dry them off in the greenhouse then wrap them up in newspaper and store them in a cool frost-free place and start them in growth in late March.

  8. Hello Alistair, you seem to be really lucky with keeping plants in pots an having plants that are a risky for winter survival but do fine. We can’t seem to keep begonia tubers alive over the winter and we move all the pots off the patio at the end of the season and crowd them in the greenhouse (mainly to clear the patio for its winter clean). I’m surprised at some of the plants you having growing in pots such as Climbing Hydrangea, Fatsia and Buddleia, these are large plants!

    • Hi Sunil, Begonias are easy to keep over winter. By what you say I think you are leaving them in the pots. In Autumn when the plant is looking past it, cut back the stems almost but not quite to the base. Clean of most of the soil, place them in trays in the greenhouse preferably away from direct sunlight. Leave them to dry for a few weeks then brush them clean, any remaining stem will fall away. Wrap each tuber individually in newspaper. Place them all in a cardboard box and place them somewhere cool, not the greenhouse, too cold. The loft or a cold cupboard indoors. Start them off in trays in late March in the heated greenhouse.

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