Tubs in the side patio

I have a small space at the side of the house which is protected and where one can sit on warm mornings and evenings. I have planted tubs with ferns but would like to plants some small shrubs for height and yet more colour. I have had all of the following before, but they had outgrown the tubs and I need to start again.

As the area is mainly about ferns I wondered if a Fatsia Japonica would be a good idea for a large tub.

Fatsia Japonica (www.crocus.co.uk)

I would love to grow a Ceanothus, but I believe this would not thrive in a tub/container. Instead I could try Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’ which can be pruned and flowers on new wood.

Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Endless Summer' (www.the potted garden.co.uk)
Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’ (www.the potted garden.co.uk)

So many decisions!

Suffolk Garden Year 5

The garden in Suffolk is in the middle of a village and so it needed to be appropriate for the village. I started with nothing in 2011 and this year the hedge along the pavement is finally filled in – good progress in four and a bit growing seasons.

The garden in 2010
The garden in 2010
The front hedge today
The front hedge today
The back garden in 2011
The back garden in 2011
The back garden today
The back garden today

And behind the hedge is a secret garden.

The garden in 2011
Behind the hedge – the front garden in 2011
The garden today
The front garden today

Changes!

I am changing my blogs! As time has passed my focus has narrowed and I think the blogs would be more interesting if they were focussed. So one will be about gardens, gardening, and plants (Enthusiastic Gardener); my main site will continue to explore London and abroad (currently Londondiaryblog but a new name to be decided); I will be baking and creating at Cakes; the camera and photography will develop at Pixeltalk; and Walks in Suffolk will grow at a leisurely pace.