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Plants that flower once a year or all year round

I want to plant a few pot flowers on my balcony. Can you please recommend a few perennial and annual flowers / plants with some colour that are relatively easy to take care of. nunopedro, , Co Dublin Posted: 28/04/2009



On a balcony you can have some pots with permanent plants, such as phormium, hosta and ivy, and some others with colourful plants such as geraniums, osteospermums, marguerites and petunias which need to be replaced as frost kills them, but you can put in some pansies and polyanthus for winter show. 


flowers for an italian style courtyard

Gerry, thank you for your response to my question on beech hedge I am helping plant pots for a restaurant courtyard. The restaurant will be opened in may I would appreciate if you could advise on possible combinations using what is currently in flower Any suggestions on unusual looking plants/flowers to include welcome. Regards, Mary Flood maryf, drogheda, Co Louth Posted: 22/04/2008

It is difficult to be prescriptive because the solution would depend on the number, size and deployment of the pots and their relationship to the space, also growing conditions and budget. But in general, choose one or two permanent plants, such as clipped box or bay, or a spiky plant, and add some annual flowers.

May is a tricky time because the spring bedding is finishing and the summer material is only coming on. But it needs to be there for the summer, so use summer material. Choice will depend on what is available locally, but choose colour to complement, or contrast with, the exisitng colour scheme of the building and surroundings.



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