Garden Tubs and Planters

Tubs, large pots and vases are now frequently used to decorate a paved terrace adjoining the house, or for growing plants where soil conditions are unfavourable. The position of the containers can be rearranged during the year to produce new effects.

PREPARATION

Although tubs of oak, teak or stone are available ready for planting, less expensive and equally effective ones can be made from large wine casks sawn in half. Treat the inside of each tub with Cuprinol, bore holes in the bottom for drainage, and fix castors underneath for easy movement. If castors are not used, stand the tubs on bricks or wooden blocks to ensure drainage and aeration. Paint the outside of the tubs.

pots and planters When the tubs are in position, put a 2- or 3-in. layer of crocks in the bottom of each, add some chopped turves, and fill with John Innes potting compost No. 2. Be sure to use only good soil in tubs. Give the compost a good soaking and allow it to drain before planting.

MAINTENANCE

Regular watering is essential for all plants in tubs, together with a fortnightly dose of liquid manure during the growing season. Once a year, remove the top 2 or 3 in. of soil, and replace it with a fresh mixture, preferably John Innes potting compost No. 2 mixed with peat, some vermiculite, which helps to retain moisture, and a handful of fine bone meal. Make sure that the drainage is adequate, that all brackets and bands are sound, and that the castors work easily. Give the tubs a coat of paint to freshen them up for a new season.

The following plants are recommended for cultivation in tubs:

SPRING-FLOWERING

Forget-me-not

Muscari

Narcissus

Polyanthus

Wallflower

Tulip

SUMMER-FLOWERING

Agapantbus umbellatus

A. campanulatus (syn. A. umbellatus mooreanus)

Begonia

Catmint

Fuchsia

Geranium

Heliotrope

Lilies such as Lilium regale, L. speciosum

Marguerite

Nicotiana

Pelargonium

Petunia

Salvia

Tropaeolum (nasturtium)

Verbena

SHRUBS

Acer palmalum (Japanese maple)

Box

Camellia japonica, C. williamsii Donation

Chaenomeles japonica

Chamaecyparis (dwarf)

Forsythia ovata

F. Lynwood

Fuchsia

Hydrangea

Juniper (dwarf)

Laurus nobilis (sweet bay)

Malus Prunus. Among the prunus that can be grown in tubs are dwarf Japanese cherries; trained eating cherries; almonds, including the dwarf Russian almond; nectarines; and peaches, such as Peregrine and Hale’s Early.

Pyrus (dwarf, trained pears)

Rhododendron

Rosemary

Strawberries

Viburnum carlesii

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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