Patio gardens are located close the house and so showcase your plants all year round. Therefore pots and containers are often planted up with seasonal bedding plants accompanied by hardier dot planting.
There are certain plants that will thrive in pots and give a star performance throughout the season. Look closely at the textures, forms and colours of your plants and position to contrast or compliment each other.
Although colour combinations is down to personal taste, there are some tips for ensuring an excellent display. In order to prevent your patio garden from becoming too busy it is often best to restrict the pallet to three colours. You may wish to choose shades that will harmonise with each other or make a contrast with more striking colour combinations.
The following plant list details some of the star plants that are regularly used in containers and baskets that will give a knock out display each year.
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (bluebell)
Muscari (grape hycinth)
Myosotis (Forget me not)
Vinca minor (periwinkle)
Impatien (Busy Lizzy)
Lathyrus odoratus (sweet pea)
Acer (japanese maple)
Aster amellus (Michaelmas daisy)
Colchicum autumnale (autumn crocus)
Kale (ornamental cabbage)
Buxus sempervirens (box)
Galanthus (snow drops)
Hedera Helix (ivy)
Ilex aquifolium (holly)
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