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Container and Indoor Gardening

Container planting is ideal in a number of situations - where the ground soil isn't suitable for particular plants, where you want to add colour to areas of paving or patios, where plants need to be moved to sheltered places during winter etc.

Containers generally fall into two groups, hanging baskets and troughs/pots. No matter which you use, the biggest reason for failing to succeed with container planting is watering, either too much watering, causing the plants to become waterlogged, or too little watering, causing the plants to suffer from drought stress.

Gardening links for container plants and indoor gardening.  Sites for advice on container plants and indoor gardening, tips for growing container plants and indoor gardening etc.

General information:

All About Orchids - The homepage of The North of England Orchid Society - (

Container Planting - Design Your Own: Pots and Containers -Container gardening has never been more popular

Growing in containers - Container growing can make life easier as there is a range of options to suit, including pots and planters, grow bags and raised beds. (

Portable pots growing container plants - (

Raised beds - Raised beds are essentially containers of various sizes that bring the planting area off the ground and make it easier to reach the soil. (

Using Containers for Planting Many gardens have a hard landscaped area such as a patio or, nowadays, decking, that can look a bit too hard and barren or stand out like a sore thumb. By using various sorts of containers planted up the area can be softened to blend in with the rest of the garden.

suggested plants for container

By Botanical Name By Common Name
Amaryllis vittata (Hippeastrum) Aztec lily (Sprekelia formosissima)
Anigozanthus sp. (Kangaroo paw) Bougainvillea 'La Jolla'(Bougainvillea brasiliensis)
Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail palm) Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)
Bougainvillea brasiliensis 'La Jolla' (Bougainvillea 'La Jolla') Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera truncatus)
Clivia miniata (Kaffir lily) Hippeastrum (Amaryllis vittata)
Mandevilla splendens (Mandevilla) Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii)
Phoenix roebelenii (Pigmy date palm) Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthus sp.)
Pinus thunbergii (Japanese black pine) Kaffir lily (Clivia miniata)
Schlumbergera truncatus (Christmas cactus) Mandevilla (Mandevilla splendens)
Sprekelia formosissima (Jacobean lily) Pigmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
Verbena peruviana (Verbena) Ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla lily) Verbena (Verbena peruviana)