Seven great pot plants for your garden and home

A few pot plants can add life to your garden and home. Bunnings Greenlife Buyer Katie Eggleton says, “large and small, pots add an extra level of interest to your garden and patio. They’re great to create vibrant colour displays.” We’ll take you through seven plants that love to live in pots, and give you a few tips to ensure that they thrive.

Anthurium

Anthurium

The Anthurium Flamingo is a great choice if you’re looking for a feature pot plant that flowers throughout the year. Its heart-shaped flowers range from white to pale pink to deep red with dark green glossy leaves. A healthy one should grow to about 60cm high and 40cm wide.

To help your Anthurium thrive, ensure the soil is moist and well-fertilised. You could even place it in your bathroom because it loves humid conditions. One thing to note is that it can’t tolerate much direct sunlight, which will burn off its leaves so be careful if you’re placing it outside.

Ficus lyrata

Ficus lyrata

Add some greenery to your indoors or patio with the low-maintenance Ficus lyrata. A member of the fig family, it’s perfect if you don’t have a green-thumb as it doesn’t need much watering or fertilising when in a pot.

Ficus lyrata is a great pot plant for your office as it loves indoor conditions and bright lighting. And because it’s a slow-growing plant, it will be well-contained in a small pot.

Pansies and violas

Pansies and violas

Pansies and violas are a classic way to brighten up your home in the winter months. Featuring small flowers, they are perfect to grow in pots and garden containers. As annual seedlings, they’re are adaptable and can handle sunny or partly shaded conditions.

They’re available in a huge variety of colours, so it’s easy to find a colour to suit your tastes. You can even use them for companion planting in your garden or to create a natural garden edge.

Palms

Palms

Palms can grow to huge heights when planted in the ground but are just as happy living in pots. A low-maintenance choice for your patio or decking, palms are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colours and leaf varieties. Single trunk palms love lots of sun and can help you create a tropical feel at home, as well as looking great beside a pool. Whereas palms that clump together prefer indoor or shaded conditions. Some popular Australian varieties of palms include Golden Cane, Kentia, Alexandra and Bangalow.

When growing palms, it’s important to choose the correct size pot. Young palms prefer smaller pots which keep their roots dry and warm. A larger pot is needed if you want to grow your palm or if the roots are growing out of the bottom of the pot. You should also make sure that the pot isn’t too small, as the roots can break off and start to rot.

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Cyclamens are a brightly blooming plant that provide loads of colour—and sometimes even perfume, from April into the spring months. They like cold temperatures at night, so find them a nice spot on your balcony or around your garden. Avoid placing cyclamens in humid environments like bathrooms or near central heating vents which will dry them out. Cyclamens are easy to maintain and will become dormant over summer so make sure that you leave the pot in a shaded area.

Cordylines

Cordylines

Cordylines are a very hardy plant that require little attention and love being placed in full sun. Their long, spiky foliage varies in colour from lime green to red, pink or purple. Although it can grow up to a few metres in height, it will stay at a manageable height when in a pot.

Cordylines can be planted in pots at any time of the year, but make sure that you feed it plenty of nutrients when planting to give them the best possible chance to thrive.

Herbs and vegies

Herbs and vegetables

Growing herbs and vegetables in pots is a great idea if you’re short on garden space, live in an apartment or if you have some room on your balcony. Herbs that like being planted in pots include basil, parsley, thyme and bay leaves. Basil and mint are ideal for indoor planting. Spinach, silver beet, Chinese cabbage, lettuce and bok choi are vegetables that are excellent growers in pots, as are tomatoes and capsicums if you add a little lime to the soil.

Concrete or terracotta pots are ideal for growing herbs and vegetables because they don’t heat up as much as plastic pots which can dry out your soil. For something a little different, you could try planting them in a vertical garden or even upcycle some old pallets into an interesting herb planter.

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