In bad cases, cut off and destroy affected shoots and/or spray with a soap or washing-up liquid solution to which a few drops of pharmaceutical alcohol are added. I thus take care to tuck it well under the shade of larger plants in July and August, and make sure that it has a saucer beneath its pot to keep it damp. Individual rosettes tend to be larger than those of the above-mentioned aloes and may attain an eventual diameter of 20-25cm. Mediterranean gardens centre on gravel and paving instead of grass, with plenty of plants in pots, so go for terracotta tiling in warm, pinky-reds and stock up on clay pots. I have never observed branched flower stems. Some tough cactus and succulent species like Cereus, Opuntia, some Agave and Aloe have no special requirements in soil and can be planted in any blend and type of soil. Mature plants produce branching flower stems in winter with numerous red-tubular ‘bells’. It is important to water each pot thoroughly and always to water before a 40-degree day, not a rescue mission afterwards. Between waterings the soil should dry out completely. Until recently, we were proud of our Puya alpestris (acquired from Mt. When plants have their quiet period they can be hidden away. You can repeat this treatment every two or three years. Instead I pierce more drainage holes in the bottom of the pots than those provided. Bring the beauty of the Mediterranean climate to your garden with these easy-care, sun-loving plants Lennie Larkin – October 11, 2018 | Updated November 19, 2019 1 of 10 Thomas J. On the other hand combinations can be concocted to suit each type of plant. Avoid spraying the foliage of oleanders with water in summer as this tends to cause galls on their stems and branches. 43 January 2006. If you have no time to make your own, it is well worth using the best (and most expensive) potting mix. I wouldn’t be without it. I brought my S. discolor down from my roof terrace last year to over-winter it in the more sheltered conditions of the courtyard. Salvia coerulea (syn. Generally speaking, the classic aromatic Mediterranean plants, like rosemary and lavender don’t do well or last long in pots, for they are adapted to dry conditions and thus like to send their woody roots down deep into the ground. Salvia leucantha There are also ranges from white, cream, orange to red to choose from. The exception is dormant plants which are placed on shelves behind the scenes or on the balconies. For additional reports and articles on this subject please check out the (non-responsive) MGS Archive. Another year we returned to the more subdued but very beautiful widow iris (Iris tuberosa,syn. lavender, purple, pink, red, orange and white from spring to frost Light Full sun to full shade Size 8 to 48 in. The following can usually be found in garden centres: Regular dead-heading encourages prolonged flowering in many of these plants. With Lithops, in my opinion it is always preferable to spray rather than water. Follow the product’s instructions as to dilution carefully. And look for tulip-, rosebud- or cactus-flowered geraniums to give a traditional planting a twist. There is ‘cactus soil’ available commercially which consists of purified peat, leaf mould and wood waste. You Might Also Like: Plants prefer a soil that is very well drained and are at risk of rot if not given such conditions. The secret is a little work every day, with a vigilant eye for pests and diseases (David does a “slug patrol” with a torch most nights), regular dead-heading, pruning, removal of dead leaves, feeding and watering. The same warning goes for poisonous plants, if in doubt just ask at your local garden centre. This was a terrible responsibility: I anxiously checked it daily, frightened lest I let it die and had to face Sally’s wrath. This was made more exciting by the fact that we had only seen its seed heads in Greece a few months earlier, though we usually see it there in full bloom. Slugs and snails: collect them when you see them and dispose of them in any manner you’re not squeamish about. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11. It is somewhat tender, so that a couple of years ago Sally Razelou gave me her (then) only precious S. discolor in a pot for me to over-winter for her, feeling that central Athens would be warmer than Sparoza. We cut back this vigorous climber in winter, ensuring maximum light for a profusion of bright orange flowers to follow. It has potential as an attractive and compact aloe, especially for rock-strewn sites and soils where it is at home growing in cracks and crannies. S. guaranitica) Bear in mind that commercial potting composts with a lot of peat in them don’t absorb water well if they have dried out completely. This too is cut back to soil level every winter, but luckily snails don’t seem to be very interested in it. Our variegated form of the Australian native Dianella tasmanica came from Rachel Howell (Rosevears, Tasmania) a number of years ago before it was stocked by general nurseries. Climbers scrambling freely over walls, dappled shade from vine-clad rustic pergolas, and terracotta pots filled with zingy flowers all contribute to the mood. It is worth every drop, however, for its tall spikes of sky-blue and white flowers, much loved by bees, and its fresh green, rather mint-like, leaves. One year we returned from Europe to a massive Ferula communis (giant fennel) in flower to welcome us home, having seen fields of it in Greece and Italy in preceding months. On hot summer days, there's nothing better than sitting, or strolling in the … A brief over-view of this small group of clustering plants might serve to encourage mediterranean gardeners to add these little treasures once more to their gardens, either as pot plants or as inhabitants of rocky places where there is some shelter from the full force of the summer sun at midday. Again, winter flowering is the norm and the tubular and somewhat campanulate flowers are also red; flowering occurs when plants are mature, around 5-7 years from seedling stage. An “ultra premium potting mix” has a number of additives including water-storing crystals, controlled-release fertiliser, etc. Whether you prefer white, pink or blue, like Whirlwind® series above, this is a great annual to drape over the edge of a mixed container. A pink-flowered cultivar, seen last year in Cyprus, was a curiosity that didn’t tempt me. Pots dry out quicker than garden areas and need frequent watering. Easy propagation from cuttings is a bonus of the shrubby begonias, of which I have a few. These plants can become as addictive as succulents. In fact I suspect that, unless fairly well watered in the garden, it may actually look better growing densely and lushly in a pot – in Monterey I saw it in many gardens but noted that it always seemed a bit straggly and meagre-looking. It also deters the blackbirds who can create havoc with my bulbs, cyclamens and delicate emerging shoots as they excavate for worms. Its flowers generally appear a little later than those of Aloe aristata and are also red. The down-turned rims of plastic pots can also harbour eggs of scale insects and other pests. The closely-packed leaves can be susceptible to rot induced by winter rains standing too long in the crown of the plant. Active Interest Media Holdco, Inc. © Copyright 2021. Apart from this ants aren’t generally a nuisance to plants in pots. While we still see some of the old stalwarts – cane begonias, Kentia palms, rough maidenhair ferns, sword ferns, hippeastrums, tiger lilies and oriental lilies, sprekelias and vallota lilies –, by and large the bulk of their favoured hardy pot plants are now scarcely known. Plants that are difficult in our climatic/soil conditions can be nurtured in pots and flourish, e.g. This spectacular palm is commonly referred to as the Chusan Palm … Aloe × ‘Tegelberg’s Triumph’ is a hybrid of recent origin that is well worth seeking out. Others in flower can be moved to a prominent position. Most of these rhododendrons grow as epiphytes in their native habitats, which means that root confinement in a container is no problem at all. One is a small-leaved white-flowered plant with something of the twiggy habit of Salvia microphylla although its leaves are not aromatic); one resembles S. microphylla in leaves and form and has microphylla-type flowers, though slightly larger, that are somewhere between ivory and very pale creamy yellow; and one is a tough-looking plant with wiry stems and small purple flowers. One advantage of container plants is that potting mixes can be varied according to plants’ individual needs. Growing in dense clusters of up to 16 or so greyish-green rosettes, it is distinctive for its minimal spination, minute and barely present except along the leaf margins. tall, 16 to 24 in. More plants die from over-watering than from under-watering. The most common mediterranean pots material is ceramic. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms White, pink or red flowers top shiny foliage spring through frost Light Full sun to full shade Size 12 to 18 in. Colorful Windowbox Plantings, It doesn’t get any easier than New Guinea impatiens… just plant them, keep them watered, and enjoy the show until frost finally zaps them. Wet soil can be fatal, so let plants dry out between waterings. I’ve never grown this salvia in the ground – in a pot it likes a lot of water (to be expected, since it is commonly called the Bog Sage). For the last five years, since leaving my old garden, I’ve been experimenting to find out which plants I can grow most successfully in pots in the hot and sunny conditions of a roof terrace in central Athens. Most commercially grown cacti and succulents are potted in peat and should be repotted immediately. The easiest vireya of all for us is ‘Coral Flare’, as it is low-growing, not too heavy to move from sun to shade, from one season to another, and it always appears to have a flower or two. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in USDA zones 10 to 11. They also don’t like the regular watering which pot cultivation makes necessary. As a general guide, these plants require free-draining soils, whether grown in the garden or cultivated in pots. This looks more attractive than an expanse of soil in a large container. Vaseline smeared round the rim of the pot is also said to deter them – but beware, it is all too easy to break pots when you pick them up forgetting that they have slippery Vaseline on them… Remember that slugs and snails congregate under the turned-down rims of plastic flower-pots. In dry weather the rosettes will close up somewhat, the outer leaves and also the leaf tips drying up. In semi-shade try Jasminum sambac, either single-  or double-flowered. It came to me as a rooted cutting from Sparoza and is now taller than me. If I could grow only one salvia, then this would be it. Wipe under the rim with cotton wool soaked in alcohol at the beginning of spring and perhaps once again during the course of the summer. have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality. Once the heat of the summer is over I bring it forward again and it comes to life: as I write in November, it is covered in spikes of vermilion flowers. Spination is largely confined to the leaf margins and the back ridge of the leaves towards the apex. If your pots are on a balcony or roof terrace avoid using terra rossa (the red clayish soil) since it is particularly heavy. Want to attract butterflies to your garden? Aloe melanacantha is a relative newcomer alongside the three old familiars above. by Trevor Nottle reprinted from TMG No. They have gained a “low maintenance” image but they do need regular repotting, fertilising and watering in warm weather. Individual leaves are broadly triangular and rather elongated. David, my husband, salvaged concrete bricks from building sites to build rising platforms which were capped with old slate hearth stones, rendered and painted Venetian pink. Aloe variegata, the partridge-breasted aloe or triangular aloe, is instantly recognisable by its characteristic triple file of thick upright leaves. Scale insects, both the kind with a hard shell and the soft white squishy ones: pick them off by hand and destroy. CHINESE DREGEA (Dregea sinensis ‘Variegata’) 4. All plants are watered every day in the height of summer by drip irrigation or by hand, and are hand-watered according to need during the rest of the year. For example, cacti and succulents with tuberous roots, e.g. Crushed eggshells or coffee grounds placed on the soil around plants to some extent deter snails. This is a huge success. (Of course, if they’re in containers on your deck, you may have to sweep up fallen petals.). The reason for this is that as the plant’s roots take up water, oxygen is drawn into the soil. If you install drip irrigation, choose the output from each dripper according to the plant’s needs (e.g. Here in Melbourne, they are prone to various attacks – by blackbirds, snails, slugs, caterpillars and mealybugs, to name a few culprits – and can be devastated by a hail storm or excessive rain in winter. In her book Gardening in a Hot Climate (Lothian Books, 1996), Julie Lake states: “If it can be grown in the ground, it can be grown in the pot!” I completely agree with her, with the one reservation that, eventually, some plants will get too large and will have to be dealt with drastically or given to a new home. Some I use as a dramatic feature, such as Senecio jacobsenii, which spills out of a mosaic wall planter and turns a rich dark red, picking up this colour in the mosaic work. Fill in gaps with grasses and … A mix for these plants may contain ready-made cactus soil, perlite, lava (fine), fine sand and generally materials that do not have sharp edges. Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Many colors, spring through frost Light Full sun Size 4 to 24 in. It benefits from a weekly dose of water-soluble fertilizer. The pebbles also stop the soil from being swept to the ground during watering. Most New Guinea impatiens are self-cleaning, meaning they drop their spent blooms without any deadheading from you. Winged begonias are tough and drought-resistant. Although I always do this with terracotta pots, I have found when I re-pot plants from plastic pots that the potsherds or pebbles invariably have been drawn up into the root ball, often by several inches. 2. Children visiting our garden brought faded, worn sea-shells to add a fairy garden to the display. If you already have a very sunny, south-facing site and a free-draining soil that … 56 April 2009. Pinch it back. Mediterranean style gardens heavily feature pots and containers, with terracotta being a prominent element. 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