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Top 6 plants to start growing in containers this weekend

Ah-h-h-h! The May long weekend — it’s like looking at a plate of your favourite foods: hard to choose where to begin.I suggest starting in the garden, or in some planting containers. Last week I talked about growing in pots and containers: how to do it, what type of soil, and the containers’ locations. Now it’s time to talk about what to plant.Truth is, many plants lend themselves to the confines of a pot while some do not. Corn, for instance, is a bad choice for a pot: it’s too large, top heavy, demands lots of water and does not like to have its roots restricted. The types of plants we grow in containers have also changed in recent years. It’s no longer geraniums with a couple of ivies or lobelia, and a dracaena or “sword plant” in the centre. That arrangement has gone the way of bell bottoms and sideburns. Article Continued BelowToday, the rule is that almost anything goes — we are now mixing food plants with perennials, annuals with miniature roses, and herbs with everything. The only rule is to make sure that you place your containerized plants in an exposure that works for them. A sun-loving petunia does not do well in the shade. My favourite six plants for containers:1. Coral Bells (Heuchera). There have been so many new introductions in this family of winter hardy perennials in recent years that I have had trouble keeping up. The foliage of Coral Bells can be spectacular so the flowers are a bonus. They mature to between 15 and 65 centimetres in breadth and width. Stick with the more compact varieties for best performance in containers. My favourite varieties are Marmalade, Blackout and Caramel all of which are perfectly named as they look as their name suggests. I am going to try the new Root Beer this year as I appreciate roots and really like beer. Sun to part shade.

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