Plants for sum­mer pots

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Petu­nias

and pots have en­joyed a solid part­ner­ship for decades but to­day’s petu­nias are more pot per­fect than ever. Thanks to ex­ten­sive breed­ing we en­joy petu­nias with un­prece­dented weather re­sis­tance and flow­er­ing per­for­mance. The choice of va­ri­eties is vast, with colours and forms to suit ev­ery taste. Though dra­matic enough to go it alone, petu­nias (and their smaller rel­a­tives, the cal­i­bra­choas) mix beau­ti­fully with other flow­ers.

Pelargo­ni­ums

are fa­mously tol­er­ant of heat and drought. In Europe they have long ri­valled petu­nias in pop­u­lar­ity for pots and hang­ing bas­kets. They are very much back in fash­ion but to­day’s im­proved strains are far su­pe­rior to the ones in Grandma’s gar­den. Cas­cad­ing ivy-leafed pelargo­ni­ums look great in hang­ing bas­kets and win­dow boxes. Up­right forms make a colour­ful state­ment in large pots. Choose snowy white, clas­sic red or one of many beau­ti­ful shades of pink, or­ange and lilac.

Ver­be­nas

flower in um­bels - cir­cu­lar clus­ters of lit­tle flow­ers (flo­rets). Modern ver­bena hy­brids such as Su­per­bena and Voodoo ver­be­nas are sub­stan­tially more mildew re­sis­tant that those of old, with neater growth habits and huge vol­umes of bloom. Many re­tain the cas­cad­ing or trail­ing habit of their hang­ing bas­ket her­itage. To­day’s heat tol­er­ant va­ri­eties come in an ex­pan­sive range of rich colours in­clud­ing some spec­tac­u­lar two-tone forms. They re­spond well to trim­ming, although an abil­ity to ‘self clean’ means they stay look­ing tidy between trims.

Petu­nia Fuch­sia Fire

Ver­bena Voodoo Blue­berry

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