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13 April 2017 00:41:09

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A good friend is getting married on the 5th May and is giving her house a face lift as she will be hosting some relatives beforehand. She has a number of containers - window boxes, a hanging basket and some pots and has asked me to help her to plant them up with plants that will be in flower on that date.


This is quite challenging, I think, because I know it is the hungry gap so I am looking for help. What plants would you recommend? What will be in flower? 

Bear in mind that we are a few weeks behind here in Donegal when compared to the south of the country.


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Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 13 April 2017 01:16:27

That is a tought one dear Niece as we never seem to know what will be flowering at certain times year to year. I would tend to hit a good garden centre and see what is in flower or bud. I am sure there will be Pansies and the Petunias ,bedding, are in the shops now also Pelargoniums. If you plant up some containers but keep them under cover if possible until a week before the date they should settle in.  Maybe some Ivy for the hanging basket?

Jackie Jackie 13 April 2017 07:31:02

I agree with Elizabeth.........at the moment our local garden centre has Petunia, Pansies,  Viola, Bacopa, Bidens, Pelergoniums, etc. These could be bought now and made up but kept in the greenhouse/tunnel for the moment to give them time to grow in case the frost hits them. Also trailing Fuchsia, trailing lobelia are great too  

What about some tall plants in the containers, like Cordyline, Aquilegia, Solomon's seal could also be in flower by then and add wallflowers with their beautiful scent. Primula also would look great. I'm sure whatever you decide will be a huge success Moya. Good luck. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 April 2017 11:02:00

Decide on what containers you are using and then group the same colour pots together. Box or Bay trees would add structure to the arrangement and I would keep colour limited, maybe there is a colour theme for the wedding. Pots either side of an enterance looks great. Photographers hate too much colour when taking photography. Best of luck with all the work. We were in a similar boat last June and totally enjoyed it. 

Jemo Jemo 13 April 2017 16:49:00

Moya dont forget natures bounty, the whitethorn is in flower then, it has a really dainty flower in white or red or pink...busy lizzies also...eremurus for height...enjoy the wedding!


DecfromTipp DecfromTipp 13 April 2017 19:17:40

Garden center 3/4 days before hand for the best flowers . Pot up and hey presto !  Cheating slightly but no pressure 

Moya Moya 13 April 2017 20:51:23

Thanks a million all. Great advice.

I think I will contact a good local garden centre and ask them to work with us - i.e. keep the containers in until needed, as you suggested. I was only asked yesterday - the bride isn't a gardener - would have been great to have more notice - panicking a small bit.


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