recommended plants for tall deep pots

Cindi2(10a CA)October 11, 2005

I may be coming from the wrong angle, but as we moved into a new house we inhereted some wonderful ceramic pots. I have three urn shaped clay pots (two that are about 1.5' tall and one that is 2+' tall, and maybe 6" diameter) that look lovely on the front porch. The pot are reddish clay and the walls of the house and porch are blue/grey and concrete. So...I am taking recommendations for plants to put there, welcoming visitors to my home. (Kid friendly too, as I have 2 young kids). Oh yes, west facing with lots of afternoon sun (and especially warm on the concrete.)

Thanks,

Cindi

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CA Kate

The only thing I can think of right off hand that needs the depth but not the width would be something with a long taproot, like parsely. If you could get a small Italian Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens ÂStricta ) the tall-skinny would look good, but the plant couldn't be very big to fit that diameter. You'll need frequent water with that small diameter too.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 9:15PM
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camluck(8OR)

The guy at my local nursery told me that vines do well in tall pots because the roots like to grow downward. So, I bought a tall pot and planted a madagascar jasmine in it! Good luck

    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 12:20AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

I do not think your pots are big enough for a long lived plant and would suggest you think more about seasonal plants. Al

    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 9:55AM
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youreit

Lavender is another one I thought might do well, especially with that hot afternoon sun. And, of course, it smells great! :)

Brenda

    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 9:58AM
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wanda(Z9 CA)

I like to use trailing plants in tall pots. Examples would include low growing sedums, million bells, summer annuals like Petunias or Moss Rose (Portulaca).

wanda

    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 10:39AM
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catkim(San Diego 10/24)

With only 6" diameter, I would fill the pots most of the way with gravel, then pop a plastic pot of an aromatic herb such as rosemary in the top. I agree with Al that you will have to occasionally rotate plants, things won't last a very long time in those conditions.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 11:07AM
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suzieh(z9 Altadena CA)

For consideration, it's all a matter of what you like or what may go with your home :0)

Horsetail

Tall grasses

Succulents

Geraniums

Impatiens

Ivy

You can always fill bottom with rocks or packing peanuts.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2005 at 3:23PM
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youreit

Trailing plants are a good suggestion. Another one might be Lantana montevidensis.

Brenda

    Bookmark   October 13, 2005 at 9:16AM
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