Pots of joy!


I’m pleased with my pots, baskets and tubs so far this year.  Above is a trough that is outside my kitchen window.  I’m slightly concerned that if the plants continue growing at the rate they have been that my kitchen may get very dark.  In this trough there are some geraniums that I bought as tiny plug plants, Salpiglossis and Verbena – all grown from seed. 


I have two of these baskets planted up at the back of the house.  They have the same combination of plants as the trough but also have some Lobelia.  However for some reason everything is merriloy growing upwards and nothing seems to want to trail over the edge! 

I have for some while gone off Petunias which have been described by some bloggers as granny plants.  I just dont like their sprawling nature and their sticky leaves and stems which make deadheading a pain. Plus I think their colours are often a disappointment.  This year I have discovered Salpiglossis and I think they are a wonderful alternative.  I have grown them from seed and they were very easy.  I particularly like the markings on the inside of the flower.  The seed mix I have is called Bolero and there is a combination of shades from this vibrant purple through to yellows and pinks.

The following two pictures show my pots on the patio.  I have planted them up with a mixture of flowers and vegetables and the Sweetcorn is doing particularly well. 

But my very favourite basket at the moment is the one full of strawberries.  The bugs and birds dont seem to have found them and as the basket is hanging above the water butt I graze on the strawberries as I wait for the watering can to fill up.  Think I might have more than one next year.


Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

8 thoughts on “Pots of joy!”

  1. I think that we need a bit more sun for our summer plants to flower really well. With all the rain mine are just growing upright as well. Brighter here today, seen the sun a few times but lasts only a few minutes!

    Best wishes Sylvia

  2. The Salpiglossis is a new one on me too. I love the scent of Petunia, but agree about the downside of them. Your alternative looks like a painted butterfly wing, very different and very lovely.

    All my pots at the front are being eaten again ….. the fuschias are being attacked by giant caterpillars, elephant hawk moth I think, and the perlagoniums have made it onto the deers menu, which is a first in 25 years of growing them in the troughs out there. They have never touched them before. They neatly nip the flower head off, leaving a silly sticky out stalk!

  3. Oh, good, another Petunia alternative! I’m sorry, I just don’t like the scent of Petunias. I was going with Callibrachoas, but next year I’ll look for Salpiglossis. Too bad I stink at growing things from seed.

  4. I definately prefer the Saliglossis and found them easier to grow from seed than Petunias. I got the seed from Mr Fothergills

  5. Sorry to change the subject but I notice that you are using baskets as hanging planeters which I say, I do like the idea of.

    I went into Issigeac market a couple of weeks ago and this chap was making baskets by hand from willow.

    It seemed so romantic and a skill I would love to learn

    I have taken some Willow cuttings and I hope to give it a go.



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