Best plants for trough gardens

Trough gardens can be used to add interest and variety to your garden by creating the right conditions to grow plants that may otherwise not survive in the flower beds.

It’s easy to create an eye-catching display in a trough by selecting plants in a variety of sizes, textures and colours.

Remember to consider how the trough will look all year around and choose plants that will flower at different times, including those that will bring colour and life during the winter.

If you’re planting small or delicate plants, avoid including rapidly spreading plants in the trough or the smaller ones may become hidden.

Although with the right care many different plants can be grown in a trough, they are particularly good for hardy plants that like well-drained conditions.

Popular plant types and varieties for troughs

Plants that are popularly used in troughs are alpines, hardy perennials, and succulents.

All of these plants tend to be extremely low-maintenance, very hardy, and rarely need to be replaced, making them long-lasting and cost-effective investments.

Here are a few popular plant varieties that you may wish to consider planting in your trough.

  • Aloe
  • Sedum
  • Aenoium
  • Graptoveria
  • Sempervivum
  • Saxifrage
  • Cyclamen
  • Alpine Anemone
  • Lewisia
  • Bugleherb
  • Snow in Summer
  • Penstemon

Creeping plants for troughs

Because alpine plants and succulents are often slow growers, if you’re planting several small plants and your trough is looking a little bare, you may wish to add in a trailing plant to fill the space. Trailing plants can also look attractive when they creep and trail over the edge of the trough, elegantly hiding the container.

A few popular creeping alpine plants include:

  • Lithodora diffusa
  • Phlox
  • Gypsophila repens
  • Aubrieta
  • Creeping Thyme
  • Dianthus
  • Purple Rock Cress

Feeling inspired to start your own trough garden? Reclaimed troughs are high quality, long-lasting items and a more environmentally-friendly option than buying new.

View the reclaimed troughsthat we currently have in stock here at Beeston Reclamation.