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What can I plant in containers now that will give me colour for the longest time?

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WellTidy Wed 26-Apr-17 12:39:21

I am a novice gardener, I've just this year started taking an interest in my garden and getting it under control. It is coming along! I've invested in lots of evergreen shrubs for borders and I'm really heartened by how much I'm enjoying it.

Now I would like some colour in containers for the patio. I've planted some geraniums with bacopa around the edges, as I understand that if I deadhead, they will flower for a decent time. What else can I buy that will be bright (but not yellow or orange, more like white, pink or purple) and flower for as long as possible? Trying to avoid lavender as my son is fascinated by it and I'm sure he will get stung by the bees who seem equally enamoured with it.

Thank you.

WellTidy Wed 26-Apr-17 12:52:51

I should have said that it is a sunny patio.

Chloe1984 Wed 26-Apr-17 13:45:46

Petunias are great for what you're after.

pansydePotter Wed 26-Apr-17 13:49:32

Trailing begonias last for ages and you an use them again the following year. Trailing lobelia and trailing Ivy look lovely with white begonias.

WellTidy Wed 26-Apr-17 13:52:47

Thank you. I will make a trip to the garden centre!

olliegarchy99 Wed 26-Apr-17 13:56:34

I like begonias in containers and large flowering fuschias.
To infill I plant trailing nasturtians - grown up a trellis sweet peas are nice too.

pansydePotter Wed 26-Apr-17 13:59:21

I know they are not everyone choice but bedding dahlias last for ages and are trouble free. I also like waterllly dahlias. They do need regular feeding with something like tomorite.
Dahlias I like are
Blue Bayou
Que serai
Longfield gardens
Blue lagoon.

sunnyhills Wed 26-Apr-17 17:02:22

That bacopa looks so lovely - I reckon with that and geraniums you're off to a flying start !

WellTidy Wed 26-Apr-17 20:55:32

Thanks sunny! I genuinely have no idea what I'm doing! I'm only just learning how to dig a hole to be honest. I am going to buy a white begonia and trailing lobelia and a fuschia that isn't the normal bright pink, I think.

sunnyhills Wed 26-Apr-17 21:17:18

Sounds like you've a great eye for design ,that sounds a lovely mix .

BonTemps Wed 26-Apr-17 21:21:40

I love a plant called a million bells, it's a trailing plant very good in hanging baskets but equally in pots , comes in pink, white and a lovely purple colour. It flowers all summer and as the name suggests loads of them.

WellTidy Wed 26-Apr-17 21:24:54

That's so nice of you to say, it has made my day!

arbrighton Thu 27-Apr-17 10:51:35

Sweet peas- you can buy them started for you.

Dahlias are a bit tougher to look after long term and are a favourite for slugs/ earwigs

Pansies/ violas

OrangeFluff Fri 28-Apr-17 16:09:34

How about a hardy Nemesia? I have one called 'Confetti' in a pot that is already starting to flower, and will continue to do so until September. I just give it a trim mid-summer to keep it a nice shape.

Or Scabiosa, mine flowers from June until September as long as I deadhead it every now and then.

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