An old Strawberry Pot.

Lurking away behind the garage was an old strawberry pot, unloved and uncared for, ever since I discovered that strawberry plants don’t grow well in them! However, it now has a new lease of life as a Heuchera Pot, or rather a Heuchera and Heucherella Pot!

Heucheras and Heucherella.

Heucheras and Heucherella.

Heucherella Sweet Tea.

Heucherella Sweet Tea.

Heuchera Citronelle.

Heuchera Citronelle.

Heuchera Spellbound.

Heuchera Spellbound.

Heuchera Pauline.

Heuchera Pauline.

Heuchera Rio. This one is waiting to be planted in the border beside the pale blue bench, it wont stay in this pot, which is going to be used for daffodils soon.

Heuchera Rio. This one is waiting to be planted in the border beside the pale blue bench, it won’t stay in this pot, which is going to be used for daffodils soon.

All the heucheras and the heucherella are from Plantagogo, who win gold medals at Chelsea every year, and all the other shows too. They have a stunning selection of plants, they are all so tempting!

The pot has been placed in the more shady part of the gravel area, and as long as I remember to water and fertilise it, I think it should succeed.  Maybe that’s where I went wrong with my strawberries!

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29 Responses to An old Strawberry Pot.

  1. Susie says:

    Pauline, you repurposed strawberry pot looks great. Heuchera Spellbound is one I’ve not ever seen before. I like it a lot.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Susie, it’s nice that I can use that pot once more, but I mustn’t forget to look after it over the winter. So much work has been done hybridising heucheras, there is now so much choice in a variety of colours.

  2. Alison says:

    So much variety! They look wonderful together.

  3. Denise says:

    Your pot looks lovely Pauline and I’m sure it will do well though I have to say I have very few pots outside as I do tend to forget them! I didn’t know there was a Heuchera Pauline. Maybe they’ll do a Heuchera Denise one day!

    • Pauline says:

      I hope you find your namesake one day Denise, I couldn’t resist Pauline when I saw it in Plantagog’s catalogue! I used to neglect my pots dreadfully, but now I’m a lot better and I’m sure my plants are very thankful!

  4. rusty duck says:

    Brilliant idea Pauline. You’re right, strawberries don’t do well in them. I have one languishing at the back of the old fruit cage looking utterly miserable. Hmmm..

    • Pauline says:

      Maybe it was partly my fault Jessica. I know I didn’t look after the strawberries properly, whereas I’ll be fiddling with all the pots in the gravel area from now on, especially next summer, so it will get a lot of attention.

  5. Kate Patel says:

    Such a great idea and what a beantiful patchwork quilt of colours. I love dark leaved forms so Spellbound is going on my wish list. Low growing geraniums do well year on year in these pots too, as you say, strawberries don’t seem to fare so well.

    • Pauline says:

      I’ve certainly been pleased Kate, with the plants that I have received from Plantagogo, they have lots of other dark leaved plants for you to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice!

  6. Karen says:

    What a great idea. I have a strawberry pot, but it’s impossible to keep it watered. We even tried putting a leeky pipe right through the centre, but the strawberries just needed more moisture to thrive. So many different heuchera types to choose from. Thanks for sharing your photos.

    • Pauline says:

      Lovely to hear from you Karen, thanks for leaving a message. I’m hoping the heucheras survive better than the strawberries did, at least this time round, I know they need quite a lot of attention.

  7. Sue C. says:

    Like you I’ve got an old strawberry pot at the back of the shed – does everyone buy one then abandon them? I’ve often thought about planting it up with trailing lobelia in the summer – but never got round to it. I love the heuchera – they look really good, fabulous mix of colours.

    • Pauline says:

      I think a strawberry pot was the “in” thing to have in your garden about 20 yrs ago Sue, everyone seems to have one lurking somewhere! I just hope it works out better this time!

  8. Wendy says:

    You created a lovely autumn display in your strawberry pot. I’d always thought the strawberry pots looked good but didn’t realise that they weren’t always easy to grow strawberries in.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Wendy, I’m so pleased you like it! I think the problem with strawberry pots is that when watering, the water doesn’t reach the plants that are half way down the side. Now that I know this, I will make sure that it gets plenty of water!

  9. Cathy says:

    A very good idea Pauline. I think I’ll do something similar with mine, as I do love Heucheras. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Cathy, we all seem to have a strawberry pot hiding somewhere! Heucheras are such beautiful plants which have improved so much over the years since hybridising has been taking place, there are such beautiful ones these days.

  10. Anna says:

    Oh that’s most attractive Pauline and will looking even more impressive next year. Like other commenters I’m rather taken by ‘Spellbound’. Plantagogo is a local nursery run by a lovely couple who have given talks at my local garden club at least a couple of times over the years 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      As long as I remember to water them properly, they should improve next year Anna. How lucky you are to have Plantagogo as a local nursery, it must be so tempting to have the choice of all their beautiful plants so close!

    • Cathy says:

      Didn’t realise it was local to you, Anna – it’s good to have a specialist nursery you can rely on. I bought plants from them at GWLive a few years ago

  11. Jason says:

    Cool. I like the vein patterns on the leaves. I think ‘Rio’ is my favorite.

  12. Christina says:

    That’s a very clever idea; Heuchera don’t mind being a bit dry which the strawberries must have hated; it is lovely to see the very different leaf colours displayed together.

    • Pauline says:

      Hopefully Christina, the heucheras will do better than the strawberries did many years ago. Already they seem to have grown a bit, they obviously like the soil I gave them.

  13. snowbird says:

    What a stroke of genius! How wonderful they all

  14. Cathy says:

    That’s a lovely idea Pauline – I blocked the holes in my strawberry pot and just have a hosta in the top

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