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By Bernard

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Gb

The photo shows my stone planting urn which is currently occupied by a fuschia. The planting hole in the urn is small (280 mm dia x 200mm deep) and I suspect that the plant will soon begin to suffer. The amount of soil available to it is so small that I have to water it every day and I'm sure it will become potbound. I would like to release it and replant in a place where it will have a chance to spread its wings and develop a full root system.
I've been giving some thought to a suitable replacement which has a small root system and ideally would prefer to cascade over the outside of the pot.
Could I ask for suggestions of suitable plants please?

On plant Fuschia




I tend to put bedding plants in mine, pansies & violas in the winter and at the moment bizzies round the edge with tagetes in the middle, you can add water retaining crystals and slow release fertilizer balls which may help, I enjoy changing them each time rather than just one plant

5 Jul, 2010


I agree with Pamg - these urns, as you say, are pretty shallow, so I'd treat it like a freestanding hanging basket, if you see what I mean - if its in shade, pansies, conifer and small ivies for the winter, upright bedding fuchsia in the middle with trailing lobelia and busy lizzies and maybe something like Bacopa for the summer. Fuchsias are sensitive to frost through their roots anyway, so leaving one in a container outside all winter, hardy or not, is always a risk.

5 Jul, 2010


Another suggestion would be hardy succulents like Sedums, Sempervivums etc. They can look really attractive not just flowers but their evergreen foliage too. They have the added advantage that they can dry out pretty much with impunity too so that fortnight away is no problem.

5 Jul, 2010


Thanks Bamboo, Pamg and Fractal for your helpful comments.

6 Jul, 2010

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