Gardening: Contain your excitement

Ali Rochford, our new gardening columnist, finds the perfect plants for container gardening this autumn.

5th October, 2014
Helen Dillon uses black plastic pots and dustbins to house her plants. Picture: Ali Rochford

An idealist, according to an old quote, is someone who, upon noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

Gardening in containers is the idealist's form of gardening. No weeding, no digging and no big garden plans to deal with. It's a great way to brighten up a balcony, patio or front-door area.

However, careful attention must be paid to watering, as leaving planted containers to...

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