The restriction of a pot prevents the plant from making its deep roots. Shaded seating areas. However, this mauve-flowered aromatic sage is a slightly less woody plant and I’ve had it in a pot for the last five years without mishap. Some I use as a dramatic feature, such as Senecio jacobsenii, which spills out of a mosaic wall planter and turns a rich dark red, picking up this colour in the mosaic work. Tropical cactus like Hylocereus, Epiphyllum, Schlumbergera, Selenicereus, etc. These plants love the heat and don’t mind getting a bit dry, which makes them fantastic container plants. My own plants appear to flower intermittently over the winter, being neither early nor late but making their appearance somewhat haphazardly. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Many colors, spring through frost Light Full sun Size 4 to 24 in. Where space is limited on a terrace, climbers are a great solution, grown on wires or trellises: Don’t forget annual climbers, easy to grow from seed. Each leaf has regular but well-spaced prominent coarse white teeth along the leaf margins and also along the mid-rib of each leaf. Aloe humilis is readily recognised by its silver-blue leaves, almost cylindrical in cross section, tapering narrowly at the apex and also slightly incurving. 63 January 2011, Notes on growing cacti and succulents in containers We grow plants we have seen in the wild in Greece, tracked down at specialist nurseries such as Marcus Harvey’s “Hill View Rare Plants”, Stephen Ryan’s “Dicksonia Rare Plants”, “Sanung Keban Collectable Plants” et al. In dry weather the rosettes will close up somewhat, the outer leaves and also the leaf tips drying up. If the pot is too big, there is a large volume of soil from which water is not taken by the roots and which thus remains deprived of oxygen and stagnant or even waterlogged, causing the plant to do badly or die. Oleanders bring a real sense of the Mediterranean planted in pots on the patio or in a courtyard, with their scented blooms in pink, red or white. In semi-shade try Jasminum sambac, either single- or double-flowered. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Leaves in shades of green, yellow, orange, red, pink and black, many with fancy markings; insignificant blue or white flowers all summer and fall Light Full sun to full shade Size 6 to 48 in. But you can also ornament your garden with Italian cypress in containers. For the last five years, since leaving my old garden, I’ve been experimenting to find out which plants I can grow most successfully in pots in the hot and sunny conditions of a roof terrace in central Athens. Although I always do this with terracotta pots, I have found when I re-pot plants from plastic pots that the potsherds or pebbles invariably have been drawn up into the root ball, often by several inches. Aloe krapohliana, hailing from the very arid mining region north-west of the Cape of Good Hope, is as attractive as it is poorly understood in cultivation. To a gardener, all plants are stars. Some petunias cascade over the edge of the pot while others are a bit more upright, so be sure to check the tag for size and height when you’re buying starts. I’m glad to say that it didn’t die; indeed it subsequently provided the cutting from which my own plant came. All have responded well to this treatment so far. Don’t use anti-snail or slug pellets if you have dogs or cats as they can be lethal to them. I have always grown a range of succulents and cacti, loving the architectural form of agaves, aloes, furcraeas and puyas (despite their vicious spikes). Dioscorea must be watered once every 20-25 days, even during the rest period, to maintain their roots. If they are healthy and there is no sign of any infestation of insects, plant again in a slightly larger pot without disturbing the existing soil. Plants can be displayed in pots and containers, usually terracotta ones. To my haphazard way of thinking about things, it seems handy to progress from the most frequently found to the more infrequently seen species. auriculas and snowdrops (Galanthus) – a true indulgence, especially as the neighbourhood sparrows can be a real pest and nip off the flower-heads of the latter. tall, 16 to 24 in. Plant growing too tall at the end of the summer? tall, 18 to 72 in. Not only are they elegant ornaments, they work as perfect pots for your plants and flowers as they offer the necessary support and structure to allow your plants to prosper. It is somewhat tender, so that a couple of years ago Sally Razelou gave me her (then) only precious S. discolor in a pot for me to over-winter for her, feeling that central Athens would be warmer than Sparoza. You can also cut back hard any plants that are damaged by frost, but it’s best in this case to wait until you can see the extent of the damage when the plant re-sprouts in spring. For succulents that need a richer soil such as Gasteria, Haworthia, some Agave and Aloe, the mixture may be made from ready-made cactus soil mixed with leaf mould (cleaned of the larger pieces of leaf and wood if necessary) and a little perlite. You need full sun to keep these annuals blooming and going strong. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11. 2. In a talk to the Greek Branch, The Mediterranean Garden editor, Caroline Harbouri, provided answers to all the practical questions you might have about container gardening and included a list of tried and tested plants for pots. Plus they come in a wide range of flower colors. The flower spikes, large in comparison with the size of the plant, are densely packed with dusky red flowers. The soil mixture has to be very well draining and to dry out within one or two days. The foliage color is best in part shade. Others in flower can be moved to a prominent position. Cascades of burgundy, brown, gold or variegated leaves make this tender perennial popular. Starflower needs sun and heat to get going, so don't set one out until summer arrives. These are mostly stunning trees, can be grown in pots, and make great architectural features, they're the wow factor plants. In the same way, I grew our enormous Furcraea foetida (syn. Persian shield overwinters nicely indoors as a houseplant. The regular watering of pots leaches nutrients out of the soil, and of course the plant itself exhausts them. You can also overwinter cannas indoors, then bring them outside the next spring. Mine, flowering now in November, is a good strong purple and white; I find the paler-coloured ones less attractive. The most common mediterranean pots material is ceramic. Ariocarpus, Leuchtenbergia, some Mammillaria, Pterocactus etc., should be given a soil mixture with particularly excellent drainage, hence without extra peat moss or leaf mould, but anything sharp like stones and shells which are sometimes used to open the soil mix for better drainage should be avoided of fear of damaging the tuberous roots. This spectacular palm is commonly referred to as the Chusan Palm … Carefully controlled intra-specific breeding is rescuing a species critically rare in its habitat around Witwatersberg and Pretoria. I alter watering technique from one to another. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11. Wet soil can be fatal, so let plants dry out between waterings. Many geraniums have a “zone” marked off on the center of each leaf. Container plants only have access to the nutrients supplied in the mix and in subsequent feeding programmes, so if the mix is poor this will be reflected in the plant’s appearance. The aim is to allow the plant to dry out quickly. YANAGI ICHIGO (Debregeasia edulis) 3. Also many kitchen herbs: mint, chives, parsley, chilli etc. This too is cut back to soil level every winter, but luckily snails don’t seem to be very interested in it. Generally very affordable, they look best planted in shallow, broad pots clustered in groups of three to five – but ensure that there is room left for the plants to increase by natural off-setting. Statuary, urns and pots are used as decorative features too. Only one aloe, Aloe polyphylla, grows where there are regular snowfalls; all the rest have varying degrees of frost and cold resistance. Pinch it back. Liquid seaweed also appears to build up a plant’s resistance to excessive heat in summer and cold in winter – both common features in our city. I feed regularly during the growing season and am a great advocate of liquid seaweed plant food. The climbing Solanum crispum thrives and flowers well enough; what used to be called S. rantonnetii (now Lycianthes rantonnetii), however, I got rid of by giving it away, since having been accustomed to its profuse flowering in my former garden, I couldn’t be doing with its meagre performance in a pot; and the fate of S. laciniatum is hanging in the balance while I make up my mind about it. I’ve left this one till last for it is my favourite. Some flower in winter/spring, others in autumn, and most need a dry dormant period, so they can be hidden away, protected from the hottest sun. In this category are the species cyclamen in smaller pots, with intricate variations in their foliage and free-flowering character. Plant up with fresh soil but do not water. I had long yearned for an Abyssinian banana (Ensete ventricosum) with its huge leaves and bright red midrib. Watering by hand has the advantage that you can assess each plant’s needs individually, day by day. Since being repotted it has quadrupled in size. Climbers scrambling freely over walls, dappled shade from vine-clad rustic pergolas, and terracotta pots filled with zingy flowers all contribute to the mood. Gravel and stone - most Mediterranean gardens centre on gravel and warm-toned paving, although terraced levels using stone walls with lawns and clipped forms are also common.See below for how to create a gravel garden. When grown in pots they can be watered normally but with care in a mix of ready-made cactus soil supplemented with perlite, sand and pumice or lava. Some tough cactus and succulent species like Cereus, Opuntia, some Agave and Aloe have no special requirements in soil and can be planted in any blend and type of soil. Olive. These plants can often be found close to the water, so they need moist soil to be happy in a garden. Inspired by the colors of the Riviera, our intricately detailed Mediterranean Planters bring a burst of warm, vibrant color to your deck, patio or entryway. All are exposed to full sun from morning to evening in summer, without any shade except that which neighbouring plants provide for one another. I also use it when potting up a new plant or repotting, to help develop a healthy root system. It’s a thirsty plant which rapidly spreads to fill its pot and has to be divided. Bougainvillea with its bright pink blooms will transport you to the Riviera. Numerous heat-loving and drought-tolerant plants can be found here, as well as large architectural plantings, such as palms, bay topiary, and tree ferns. SMOKETREE (Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden Spirit’) 5. Plants in plastic pots will need slightly less water than those in clay pots and care must be taken not to over-water them. Slightly shiny purple foliage make a great contrast or backdrop for plants with bright-colored flowers. Root formation is readily achieved. Salvia discolor Individual rosettes tend to be larger than those of the above-mentioned aloes and may attain an eventual diameter of 20-25cm. In their natural habitat, plants in the genus Copiapoa have adjusted to getting the water they need from mist and the morning dew. It appears to be a child of Aloe aristata and Aloe erinacea (now regarded as a white-spined form of A. melanacantha) but who was Tegelberg? Each leaf is margined in white and has no conspicuous teeth or bristles, but the leaves are spotted and banded with white markings. It disappeared on New Year’s Eve (during the day) when David and I were walking in Sherbrooke Forest! Between waterings the soil should dry out completely. In a talk to the Greek Branch, The Mediterranean Garden editor, Caroline Harbouri, provided answers to all the practical questions you might have about container gardening and included a list of tried and tested plants for pots. by Caroline Davies, extracted from TMG No. Where woody stems are affected, wipe the stem with cotton wool soaked in alcohol. If you have saucers under your pots, remove them in autumn/winter so that the plant doesn’t sit around in water after rain. How much water your pots will need and how often they will need watering depends on the type and size of plant, their exposure (full sun, partial shade, shade) and the weather conditions (temperature, wind). Finally, plants with associations are very important to us. Best Foliage Plants for Containers Once they become too large, their progeny are waiting in the wings. In bad cases, cut off and destroy affected shoots and/or spray with a soap or washing-up liquid solution to which a few drops of pharmaceutical alcohol are added. It is a very appealing little plant superficially resembling Aloe humilis until flowering time, when it shows its distinctive brush of orange-red flowers with markedly exerted styles. A tiny form of this was available at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens’ “growing friends” nursery last January. Aloe variegata, the partridge-breasted aloe or triangular aloe, is instantly recognisable by its characteristic triple file of thick upright leaves. Plants in other people’s gardens also have their impact. If you install drip irrigation, choose the output from each dripper according to the plant’s needs (e.g. If you're ready to grow great-looking containers, it all starts with the best plants. by Hereford Web Design, A terrace overflowing with plants in pots, Rome (Photo David Dickinson), Collection of plants in pots, Crete (Photo Rosemary Thomas), There are a multitude of different species of. And every few weeks, snip off a few stems here and there to stimulate side branches — and more flowers. Propagation is mostly by removing offsets and growing them on as separate plants. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Iridescent purple leaves; insignificant blue flowers in late summer or fall Light Full sun to full shade Size 18 to 36 in. If you have a shrub that has been for many years in a large pot and you don’t have the space to re-pot it into an even larger pot, you can remove the bottom third of its roots, e.g. This treatment does not solve the problem completely but keeps it under control. Rules of watering cacti and succulents: Repotting container-grown cacti and succulents by Trevor Nottle reprinted from TMG No. It acts as a mulch and also prevents the plant from becoming waterlogged or rotting. But in a larger combo it's a good supporting player, too. Its flowers generally appear a little later than those of Aloe aristata and are also red. Children visiting our garden brought faded, worn sea-shells to add a fairy garden to the display. Home / Plants / Mediterranean For Landscape enquiries please call 01279 792869 for a full quote Show 9 per page 12 per page 18 per page 30 per page Having said that, it is always worth experimenting with any plant that you’d really like to grow…. Aloe aristata forms an open rosette of dark green leaves with white spotting on all the leaf surfaces and small bristles along the leaf margins, hence its common name of Lace Aloe. Rules for repotting cacti and succulents: Choosing a soil mix for potting cacti and succulents is quite complicated. The easiest vireya of all for us is ‘Coral Flare’, as it is low-growing, not too heavy to move from sun to shade, from one season to another, and it always appears to have a flower or two. Even in a pot it grows into a large and rambling, slightly messy, shrub with scented green leaves and produces its clear crimson flowers (rather like those of S. microphylla but slightly larger) for months and months throughout the year, although its main flowering is in early summer. If I could grow only one salvia, then this would be it. In contrast to all other plants, cacti and succulents must be left dry for six to eight days after being transplanted to avoid the danger of root rot. There is little sunshine in winter, but adequate light. This was made more exciting by the fact that we had only seen its seed heads in Greece a few months earlier, though we usually see it there in full bloom. But some plants are born to shine just a bit brighter. But to keep it tidy, shorten a few stems back a few inches every now and then to make a denser plant. Nature cannot be replicated however when they are cultivated in pots, indeed the plants become more sensitive and vulnerable to adverse conditions and diseases, so the gardener must be extra careful and observant. As soon as they find a starflower, they'll flock to it. Whether by drip irrigation or by hand, always water early in the morning or in the evening. Mediterranean style gardens heavily feature pots and containers, with terracotta being a prominent element. When the plant shows signs of growing in the spring it is time to start watering, but very slowly at first so as not to cause a shock which can cause rotting. 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