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What can I plant in wall troughs at this time of year for some colour?


By Jan65

North East England, United Kingdom Gb

I've been very disappointed with my petunias this year. They were given to me as very young plants by a friend and I nurtured them in my greenhouse until it was time to plant up my troughs. They all looked superb, healthy plants, but the double flowers have been very few and far between, and all in dark colours, I haven't enjoyed them at all. So even though they're not really finished yet, I'm going to remove them over the next few days. Trouble is I don't know what to replace them with - in only the middle of August I don't want to be looking at bare troughs! Does anyone have any ideas of what I could plant? I'd like something trailing if possible - I was wondering about fuschias?



Fuchsias would still give you a lovely show for a few months. As the plants you would have to buy will be bigger than those from spring they should get away very fast & provide you with lots of lovely flowers. Just have a look round a garden centre or one of the big DIY stores like B&Q, Homebase or big supermarkets. There are sure to be lots of plants on offer as they want to make space for the autumn planting.

11 Aug, 2009


Yes, I agree Balcony and Pelargoniums are still going strong, they usually last until the sharp frosts...also you can buy miniature Chrysanths now in bright cheery Autumn colours and don't forget the Winter Pansies, they can be amazing and last until late Spring, really worth planting. Autumn shades of red and gold with a trailing ivy would keep you away from the municipal look of multi colours together....:o)

11 Aug, 2009


Thanks Balcony, for confirmation that fuschias will give me some colour for a while to come. I'll have to get myself to the GC and hunt them out!

Edit - thanks also Janey for your advice, this also sounds good, obviously lots to choose from so I must get those troughs cleared of those pesky petunias! Fingers crossed for fair weather tomorrow.

11 Aug, 2009

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