Plants for containers

Check the details when you buy and pick appropriate plants for your situation

Key: Common name

Species & 'Variety'

Approx. height

Flowering season

Full sun

Crocus

Lots to pick from, 0.15m, Mar-Apr

Thyme

e.g. Thymus pulegioides 'Aureus' or Thymus vulgaris, 0.2-0.3m, May-Jul

Hebe

Lots to pick from, big and small (0.3m to 2m) e.g. Hebe 'Autumn Glory', 0.6m, Jul-Oct

Pot marjoram (Oregano)

Origanum vulgare, 0.45m, Jul-Sept

Hardy geranium / cranesbill

Lots to pick from e.g Geranium ‘Rozanne’, 0.6m, Jun-Oct

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium 'Red Velvet', 0.6m, May-Aug; ‘Moonshine’, 0.6m, Jun-Sept; Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold', 1.2m, Jun-Sept

Verbena

e.g. Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop', 0.6m, Jun-Sept

Lavender

e.g. Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’, 0.6m, Jul-Sept

Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis, 0.6m, Jul-Sept

Dyer's chamomile

e.g. Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton', 0.7m, Jun-Aug

Greater knapweed

Centaurea scabiosa, 0.75m, Jul-Sept

Garden mint

Mentha spicate, 1m, Jul-Aug

Part sun/part shade

Snowdrops

Galanthus nivalis, 0.1m, Jan-Feb 

Primrose

Primula vulgaris, 0.2m, Mar-May

Hebe

Lots to pick from, big and small (0.3m to 2m) e.g. Hebe 'Autumn Glory', 0.6m, Jul-Oct

Barberry

e.g. Berberis thunbergii 'Lutin Rouge', 0.45m, Apr-Jun

Ferns

Lots to pick from e.g. Five-fingered maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum), 0.45m; Hart’s tongue (Asplenium scolopendrium), 0.6m; Soft shield fern (Polystichum setiferum), 1.2m

Hardy geranium / cranesbill

Lots to pick from e.g Geranium ‘Rozanne’, 0.6m, Jun-Oct

Japanese anemone

e.g. Anemone x hybrida ‘Pretty Lady Susan’, 0.6m, Jul-Sept 

Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea, 0.6-2m, Jun-Jul

Garden mint

Mentha spicate, 1m, Jul-Aug

Shade

Snowdrops

Galanthus nivalis, 0.1m, Jan-Feb 

Primrose

Primula vulgaris, 0.2m, Mar-May

Barberry

e.g. Berberis thunbergii 'Lutin Rouge', 0.45m, Apr-Jun

Ferns

Lots to pick from e.g. Five-fingered maidenhair fern (Adiantum aleuticum), 0.45m; Hart’s tongue (Asplenium scolopendrium), 0.6m; Soft shield fern (Polystichum setiferum), 1.2m

Japanese anemone

e.g. Anemone x hybrida ‘Pretty Lady Susan’, 0.6m, Jul-Sept 

Foxglove

Digitalis purpurea, 0.6-2m, Jun-Jul