6 Plants That Will Grow Anywhere

Slightly related to the Southport Flower Show post – it mentions in the article:

“…The gardeners will be helping visitors wanting to make vegetables and flowers flourish in the smallest places, such as a bucket.”

In case you can’t make it to the show to find out how to grow a flower in a bucket – here’s a website that has a guide on how to grow something wherever you want:

6 Plants That Will Grow (Almost) Anywhere
Wherever You Live, Start Growing Some Green With Nearly Trouble-Free Flora

By Annie Bell Muzaurieta
Cherry tomatoes
I’ve tried to grow peppers, rosemary, and other greenery in my small New York City one-bedroom apartment, and each has died a quick death.

Is it me? Or is it what I’ve chosen to grow on my microwave-oven-like window ledge?

In hopes of helping others like me – inexperienced but eager planters who don’t live in ideal conditions for growing green – I turned to Leslie Land, blogger for The Daily Green, and lead author of The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers.

Land warned me that nothing is completely trouble-free (you still have to water these, guys), and you’re still going to need a safe outdoor spot (no fire escapes, people). She added that these choices wouldn’t exactly impress a seasoned gardener. But that’s ok; they would deliver on what I was looking for – they’d grow almost anywhere.

1. Herbs – While many herbs need sun, Land suggests growing parsley, which tolerates partial shade, and mint, which likes things a bit shadier. Land adds that in addition to being a wonderful fresh herb (don’t forget to use those sweet stems!), giant flat leaf parsley also makes an excellent filler for flower arrangements.

2. Cherry Tomatoes – If you have a sunny spot, enough space for a whiskey barrel-sized container, and a 5-foot support, try planting an “indeterminate” cherry tomato plant. This plant will keep getting bigger all summer. Land points out you’ll get a lot more yield for your space compared to a regular tomato plant.

3. Dwarf Evergreens – Who wouldn’t want a little evergreen forest next to her humble home? Land says you’ll have to go to a specialty nursery to find these little treasures, but that they are far less labor intensive than bonsai trees. Dwarf evergreens need to be in a sheltered location and not in direct sun.

4. Coreopsis – This long blooming perennial does very well in window boxes, according to Land. It’s a sun-loving flower plant. Sign me up.

5. Coral Bells – Land says these are beautiful even when they’re not flowering. They’re a great decorative option and they do best in partial shade. Land emphasized these would grow anywhere. “Even Alaska?,” I asked. “Well,” she answered, “parts of it.”

6. Sedum – There are many different types of sedum in all different sizes. Almost all are drought-resistant, and seldom bothered by insects or disease, which is about as trouble-free as it gets.

» Link to original article

» Link to Leslie Land’s blog on The Daily Green

4 thoughts on “6 Plants That Will Grow Anywhere

  • 25th August 2008 at 3:27 pm

    haha nikki just seen you on come dine with with. liked to black and red dress hope your plan on turning people vegin is going well

    plese write back soon

    love naomi x x x

  • 25th August 2008 at 3:34 pm

    hiya nikki just seen you on come dine with me

    i am on a all veg diet

    and i am from liverpool haha

    will you give me some recipes please becouse your cooking looks fab

    write kb soon love leona x x x x .

  • 26th August 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Nikki, saw Come Dine with Me (again!) yesterday on More 4, the Liverpool one is definately my favourite. Sorry to ask a personal question, but are you still in touch with Ian Cook and did he actually become a proper vegan? Thanks, Lynsay

  • 26th August 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Nikki – like a lot of others have just seen you on come dine with me – I have been a veggie, but not vegan, for 20 years, just do not know how anyone can eat what was once a living creature! Like you I too have rabbits – 6 at present all rescued. As Lynsay asked – did Ian Cook become veggie? Wendy


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