PLANT DOCTORPlants for Privacy in a Container
What do you do if you want a plant for privacy but there’s either not enough soil in that location or you’re in an apartment?
I’ve talked about big trees in pots with horticulturist, Adrian O’Malley from Plant of the Week, before, but it doesn’t have to be just about trees for privacy.
So what can it be?
Let’s find out .
Choose as large a pot/container as you can accommodate in the spot where you want to achieve some privacy.
|Magnolia Little Gem surround by orchids. |
Cracked terracotta pot after being knocked over in strong winds.
Rejuvenating Your Large Potted Plant
- TIP: employ help to push the container gently to the side then ease out the tree or large shrub.
- Use this opportunity to give the plant a root prune, about 10% all over.
- Replace any loose soil with good quality potting mix and only a couple of handfuls of compost, whether homemade or store bought.
Yes, I know it’s pretty common, but that’s a good choice if you’re prone to forgetting to prune it.
A lesser known and somewhat handsome plant that Steve mentioned is Radermachera “Summer Scent.”
Originating from Southern China, Summerscent has lush, glossy, compact foliage.
Best of all this plant has clusters of white to pale pink scented flowers that flower profusely throughout the warmer months.
A perfect plant for hedging or screens as it responds well to pruning and adds a tropical feel to the garden.
Summerscent grows well in full sun and shade as well as indoors if kept in a well lit position.
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- How many times have you heard the phrase "a savory stew?"
- Savory is an annual or perennial herb, Satureja hortenis, for Summer Savory, or Satureja montana being for Winter Savory.
- Both have strong spicy flavour.
History of Savory Herbs
|Winter Savory herb|
- I have an English friend who says she grew this herb back in England and used it often in her cooking, especially with chicken.
Medicinal Uses of Savory Herb
- The active ingredients of savory are carvacrol, p-cymene and tannins.It’s an astringent and mild antiseptic.
- A tea made from summer savory is said to control a mild sore throat.
- Rubbing a sprig of savory on an insect bite will bring instant relief.
- Summer savory is bushy and low-growing so it makes an excellent edging plant for a kitchen garden, herb bed, or vegetable garden.
- Summer savory likes regular water. I have some growing in a strawberry pot so that it cascades out of one of the holes. It seems to like that spot better than the strawberries. As far as the soil in my container goes, well it’s just potting mix with soil wetter crystals added to it. So you see it's well-suited to container gardening, as well.
- If you know of someone with this plant, now’s the time to take soft-stem cuttings of about 2-3 cm long and put them in some seed raising or propagating mix. You probably don’t even need to cover it, because, just like the herb Thyme, it strikes very easily.
- Savory flowers in mid-January with white or pale pink 5mm flowers grouped in terminal spikes.
- You can begin to take the leaves from your savory plant as soon as it reaches 13cm or about 6 inches in height.
- Keeping the plant pruned means you’ll always have some.
- Summer savory, Satureja hortensis, is a nice herb to use when you are cutting back on salt-it's flavour is mild, a little bit similar to thyme, but with it's own unique flavour.
- You can mince summer savory and combine with bread crumbs for coating fish or vegetables such as squash before sauteeing. Use it in potato dishes, tomato sauces, meatballs or vegetable juices. It's also great in egg dishes such as omelets and frittatas.
- Mince fresh summer savory leaves and combine with garlic, bay and lemon for a good marinade for fish.
- Savory blends well with other herbs such as basil, bay leaf, marjoram, thyme and rosemary. Chefs and cooks say that the taste of savory brings all these herbs together in a unique taste that makes savory an Amalgamating herb.