Container maintenance

Growing plants in containers is a great way to bring life and colour into otherwise dull spots in your garden. Patios, balconies and window boxes are all places where plants can be easily introduced in containers. Plants in containers do require more care than those in gardens, but by following our advice you will find this easy.

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You can grow a wide range of plants in containers. Image: Neil Hepworth/RHS

Quick facts

Suitable for: All plants grown in pots, troughs and other containers
Timing: All year, but mainly from mid-spring until early autumn
Difficulty: Moderate

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