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Top 10 plants for containers

We’ve picked our favourite plants to grow in pots and containers.

Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 at 7:10 am

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Pots and containers offer the gardener great versatility, and are a fantastic way to experiment with planting and design. From short-term bedding displays to permanent features of small trees and topiary, planting in pots adds another dimension to the garden, softening corners, brightening dull spots and providing instant, yet easily changeable, results.

When choosing your pot, stick to just one or two different materials. Take your cue from the style of the house and garden – red brick buildings are enhanced by terracotta containers, while a modern plot is the best backdrop for galvanised metal pots.

Bigger pots have more impact and plants growing in them won’t dry out as quickly, but an eclectic group of small containers creates a quirky, ever-changing scene. Repetition can be effective – garden designers often use three or more identical containers planted with the same plants, for maximum impact.

Growing plants in pots? We’ve picked our favourite plants to grow in a variety of pots and containers. From the experts at BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine.