Pot­ted plants have strong im­pact in con­fined spa­ces

Pilbara News - - Property - Mau­reen Ep­pen

Even the small­est out­door space can be trans­formed into a lush, green oa­sis.

To add in­ter­est in small spa­ces, Char­lie Daw­son, of Daw­son’s Gar­den World, rec­om­mends coloured fo­liage plants such as cordy­line Can Can or De­signer Bur­gundy.

He also rec­om­mends growing some pot­ted berries.

“Ed­i­ble blue­berry Sunshine Blue is easy to grow in mild win­ters and suits pots or tubs, and Straw­berry Chan­dler is a high-yield­ing va­ri­ety,” he said.

An­other ed­i­ble idea for small ar­eas is rose­mary, ac­cord­ing to Ascher Smith.

“Rose­mary is easy to grow and just one plant will pro­vide more than needed in cook­ing,” she said.

“It does well in pots, sur­vives hot sum­mers and has a lovely fra­grance in its fo­liage and flow­ers.”

Ceri Wag­nell says dwarf le­mon va­ri­eties are great for pots.

“Le­mons pro­vide fruit and the smell of the citrus blos­som fills a small space,” she said.

Es­palier­ing is also a great op­tion in com­pact gar­dens, ac­cord­ing to An­drew Beck.

“Star jas­mine is a good choice for its fra­grance, adapt­abil­ity and abil­ity to cre­ate a blan­ket of green,” he said.

Mr Daw­son sug­gested lilly pilly Tiny Trev. “(It) re­quires lit­tle prun­ing or shap­ing, is ideal for tubs and pots on the pa­tio, hedg­ing in cot­tage gar­dens, and gar­den plant­ing,” he said.

Oakville Crim­son Spire is an ex­cel­lent fea­ture tree for a small space, ac­cord­ing to Out­side In’s Denise Staffa, while Drew Davey says pit­tospo­rum Miss Muf­fett is a firm favourite for its beau­ti­ful green fo­liage and tex­ture.

Mr Davey also likes the dwarf lime Sub­lime, which he says is com­pact — growing up to about 1.5m — vir­tu­ally thorn­less and great for growing in pots.

Pic­ture: Daw­son's Gar­den World

Cordy­line Can Can adds a bold el­e­ment in a small gar­den.

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