7 May 2015

The practice of cultivating plants in containers can be traced back to early human civilisations such as in China, Greece and Rome. Today, container gardening is as popular as ever, bringing flowers to part of any landscape, whether a patio, balcony or windowbox.

Container gardening with flowers is a great way to instantly introduce colour, fragrance, and beauty into our lives. You can grow shrubs, perennials or annuals in tubs. By using suitable peat-free compost, you can also branch out into plants that don’t suit your soil – either acid or alkaline. The combinations are endless.

Plant colour combinations

The following plants should all be in flower through the Big Butterfly Count from 17 July to 8 August, providing nectar for garden butterflies such as the Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral. You could select from the following suggestions to create single colour pots or mix them up.

Lavender and Smll Tortoiseshell


Lavender and Smll Tortoiseshell


Cornflower Centaurea cyanus

Small Scabious Scabiosa columbaria

Salvia farinacea Sea of Butterflies


via Butterfly Conservation – Dig It – May Tips from the Secret Gardener.