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Michael Perry's Best of...Container Plants

Best of...container plants


Who says you have to have a garden? There is a whole range of flowers and fruit that can be grown in containers on your patio, with the minimal of effort, but maximum reward. Change a dull, paved patio into a haven of colour, fragrance and nutrition!

Longest flowering plant for a container - Digitalis 'Illumination Pink'

Longest flowering plant for a container - Digitalis 'Illumination Pink'

What a cracker of plant! It's a brand new colour, perennial (unlike other foxgloves) and flowers for 6 months in a patio container. What more could you ask for? Already a Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year winner with a bright future ahead.

Buy Digitalis 'Illumination Pink'

Best spring colour for a container - Pansy 'Matrix Mixed'

Best spring colour for a container - Pansy 'Matrix Mixed'

Wet, cold winter weather doesn't mean the end of bright, colourful displays. Try 'Matrix Mixed', which is the most vigorous pansy with strong branching, meaning bigger plants and stronger flowers than many pansies, great for patio pots.

Buy Pansy 'Matrix Mixed'

Best fragrance for a container - Pinks 'Frills and Fragrance Mix'

Best fragrance for a container - Pinks 'Frills and Fragrance Mix'

Create a cloud of perfume with a container of Pinks. Packed with all sorts of varieties from striped to picoteed, and each with a spicy yet sweet fragrance, just the right height for using as a cut flower too!

Buy Pinks 'Frills and Fragrance Mix'

Best bulbs for a container - Bulb Extra Special Mix

Best bulbs for a container - Bulb Extra Special Mix

This mixture is just that, extra special. All the work's been done for you, as this mix includes a range of quite unusual and many sought-after varieties. Easy to plant, easy to care for, easy to enjoy! Try it yourself.

Buy Bulb Extra Special Mix

Best fruit for a container - Blueberry Top Hat

Best fruit for a container - Blueberry Top Hat

A superb fruit recommendation for a patio pot, they'll grow much better as you can meet their exact soil requirements (you just need a bag of ericaceous compost from your local garden centre). You'll be picking healthy, juicy berries in next to no time!

Buy Blueberry Top Hat