Biodiverse containers

Right plant, right place applied to container gardens for any space, which benefit wildlife

Biodiverse Containers
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Right plant, right place

Beth Chatto is synonymous with the philosophy of right plant, right place; matching a plant to the conditions you have rather than the other way around.

At the RHS Urban Show Beth Chatto’s Plants and Gardens applies that ethos to urban gardens, with an emphasis on creating a garden which welcomes wildlife.

Read: How to garden when you rent

Not everyone has a garden, 19% of households in England live in rented accommodation and many people’s gardens are a concrete patio, yard or balcony. This space explores the opportunity to create a container garden, which can become like a beloved piece of furniture that moves with you.

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As well as looking great, all of the plants used are hardy and will live for multiple years. They are low maintenance, requiring low levels of water and they offer habitat and food for a range of wildlife.

The ethos of the design is, no matter how small the space, or ‘inhospitable’ – be adventurous with container planting and think about what each of us can do to maximise the opportunity for life in any outdoor space that we have access to.

Biodiverse Containers pots and planting

Key elements

  • Pots and containers
  • Perennial plants
  • Habitat for insects
  • Food for wildlife
  • Right plant, right place

Beth Chatto Plants and Gardens have grown all of the plants. Plants are chosen for their hardiness and as a combination for long-lasting interest, habitat and food for wildlife.

See the plant list

Armeria maritima
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’
Bergenia ‘Abendglocken’
Carex petrei
Dryopteris erythrosora

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’
Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’
Fatsia polycarpa ‘Green Fingers’
Geranium macrorrhizum
Geranium phauem ‘Misty Samobor’
Hakonechloa ‘Aureola’
Hakonechloa ‘All Gold’
Heuchera ‘Forever Purple’
Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’
Hosta Sp. 
Hylotelephium ‘Herbstfreude’
Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’
Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’
Polemonum ‘Lambrook Mauve’
Rhodanthemum hosmariense
Stipa tenuissima
Tellima grandiflora
Thymus vulgaris

Vinca minor ‘Bowles’s Variety’
Veronica umbrosa ‘Georgia Blue’
Viola sororia ‘Freckles’

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