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A shrub in a vase


Question: what plant do I put in my vase?


good morning, I would like your advice, I have recovered a large empty outdoor vase and I would like to place a plant there, possibly with flowers, the balcony will be the street-side one on the 5th floor where it takes very little direct sunlight in the early morning hours, what would you recommend? ? I live in Turin. Thank you very much! Noemi

A shrub in a pot: Answer: potted shrubs


Dear Noemi,
I would say that the positioning of your pot is ideal for a long series of shrubs, this because the early morning sun is the most appreciated by the plants, which on the contrary hardly love the scorching afternoon sun, which can also damage the foliage. As for the plant to choose, it depends a bit on what your tastes are, also considering the fact that the positioning on the terrace will make it possible to grow some plants that in Turin could suffer the winter cold, since the walls of the house offer a frost protection. My advice, also linked to my personal tastes, is to cultivate a beautiful acidophilous plant, like a camellia or an azalea, or even a Kalmia: the semi-shady position and the protection of the terrace should be ideal for these plants, which love a cool and humid climate; in addition to this, it is always quite easy to grow potted acidophilic plants, since we can periodically repot them to keep the soil of the container always acid. They are also plants that have a beautiful flowering, and even when they are not in bloom they have beautiful decorative foliage. Rhododendrons are also beautiful, and grow well even in pots. If you have more classic tastes you can think of a forsythia or a chaenomeles, or Japanese peach, which are very beautiful shrubs, and easy to grow, even if in winter you would find yourself with a completely leafless shrub, and in general the blooms of these shrubs do not last long; the advantage is however in the fact that the flowering of very bright color takes place in the middle of winter, when the rest of the plants are sad and gray. A hydrangea can be nice in pot, also an acidophilous plant, which offers the advantage of a very prolonged flowering, starting from late spring, until the autumn. If you love blue flowers you can plant a ceanothus, which in spring produces a profusion of blue or deep blue flowers, but the amount of flowers depends directly on the amount of sunlight your plant would receive. Even a beautiful viburnum can be indicated in your vase on the terrace, perhaps chosen among varieties with showy flowers, such as viburnum carlesii, or viburnum opulus, even if the typical viburnum vat, which is used in the garden and for hedges, is always beautiful and requires very little care. I remind you that the health of your new shrub will depend directly on the quality of the soil you will put in the pot, and therefore choose an excellent substrate, avoiding the soil offered at the supermarket: a few euros more spent now will avoid problems in the coming months.