Only have a small space available but would still like
Choice of container is very important:-
|Plastic pots||These are cheap, light and durable and they keep the|
soil moist, however, they can turn brittle and crack and they are not the most attractive.
|Terracotta pots||These are made from baked clay and are very attractive|
however, they are heavy, break easily and are subject to frost damage.
|Glass fibre containers||These can be moulded and coloured in many ways. |
They can look like stone but, of course, are much lighter and they are strong, durable and
repairable. They are, however, more expensive than some other material.
|These are crushed stone moulded into shape. Imitation|
classical urns and vases are very attractive but extremely heavy. In view of this
weight they should be used with caution in roof gardens or balconies.
|Window boxes||These are available in a variety of materials including|
wood, plastic, metal, terracotta. Wooden flower boxes provide better insulation than
plastic or metal, with Cedar being the best (if you can find it) as this is the most
resistant to rot. Pine is much less expensive but this should be treated. It
is best to avoid commercial wood preservatives, especially creosote.
The box should be at least 200mm (8ins) deep to allow
If you prefer you can put pots inside the window box
Make sure the pots you put into the box and the box
In Summer the box will need watering every day, aim to
Choose low growing plants if you want maximum light
If the box is sited in an exposed position, i.e. on a
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