Plant up containers with summer bedding for glorious displays throughout the summer months. They can be used for lighting up a patio, deck, balcony or even a dull spot in a border.
For successful summer displays, choose plants that flower over a long period of time, respond well to deadheading
and are tolerant of container cultivation. A wide range of suitable plants should be available in most garden centres from late March onwards. However, don't plant them out until the risk of frost has passed in your area.
Whatever the style or situation, there are summer container plants to suit;
Focal point: Argyranthemum (margerite) grown as standards, dahlia, fuchsia, lantana, lavender, phormium and salvia.
Upright (larger): ageratum, Brachyscome iberidifolia (swan river daisy), diascia, heliotrope, lantana, margerite, osteospermum, pelargonium, salvia, verbena, zinnia.
Trailing: Calibrachoa (million bells), ivy-leaved pelargoniums, lobelia (cascade series), petunia (Surfinia types) and verbena (trailing).
Light shade: begonia, Glechoma hederacea 'Variegata' (ground ivy), Impatiens walleriana (busy Lizzies), Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea' (creeping Jenny), Mimulus × hybridus (monkey flower), Solenostemon scutellaroides (coleus), Sutera cordata 'Snowflake' (bacopa), torenia.
Drought tolerant: Aeonium 'Zwartkop', echeveria, mesembryanthemum, sedum.
Foliage: coleus, Dichondra 'Silver Falls', Helichrysum petiolare, senecio.
Scented: heliotrope, Lobularia maritima (alyssum), Matthiola (stocks), nemesia, Nicotiana (tobacco plant).
Hot tropical: begonia (tuberous), bidens, canna, coleus, gazania, lantana, Tagetes (French and African marigolds).
Cool and calm: alyssum, French lavender (Lavanula stoechas and L. dentata), lobelia, margerite.
AGM plants for containers