Bargain Shrubs in Pots

 These will all winter outside happily.
Happy Pots

I love visiting the nursery plant sales. I love peeping at the Bargain Table, picking out shrubs I like, trying out new varieties. As a compulsive recycler, my favourite plan is to use the new plants in groups of containers - then plant them out the following year.

Outdoors Pots

It's a good chance to experiment - particularly about a shrub's reaction to light frosts, or lack of sun. I buy these sale price shrubs for their foliage, so it's also a good chance to get interesting container plantings to enjoy throughout winter. Naturally they contrast beautifully with the flowery pots of summer.

Everything I buy is supposed to be hardy and tough, so the pots stay outside, often in sheltered places. Sometimes they'll fill a real gap in the garden proper.

Usually the plants will spend at least half a year in their pots - then, when I'm expanding somewhere in the garden, they will be tipped out and planted properly. The next nursery sale is never far off, and will provide the next generation of container foliage plants! Seems like the perfect plan, and a great excuse to go back to the nursery with wallet in hand.

 All are now happily planted in the garden.
Sale Plants in Pots

New Zealand Natives

A lot of my New Zealand natives start off in pots - particularly Cordylines and Phormiums. So many of the New Zealand natives are ever-green - and green. In this group of container stars, direct from the Bargain Table of 2004, there's a Tricolor Phormium, a variegated Carex, two slightly frost-tender Coprosmas, a New Zealand native larch and a lovely native tree with tiny speckled leaves (possibly a New Zealand Myrtle).

A delightful selection, with light and dark, texture differences, and beautiful variegations. Pretty artistic foliage for a bunch of bargains!

Think how happy the shrubs will be when they're released into the good soil in my garden. And think how happy the Head Gardener will be, back once again at the next nursery sale - just checking things out, just in case...