I need a fairly cheap, hard to kill, awfully pretty plant that comes in a 6-pack or more of bedding plants. And would be happy in a small pot.
I'm running a workshop at my local hackspace for building wooden planters out of scrap wood, and I need a good bedding plant for people to take home in their planter.
The planter itself is probably going to be around the size of a coffee mug - maybe three inches square at the most. I'm supplying the wood, and the gravel for drainage, and the dirt, but I also want people to go home with a nice plant.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure what a good plant would be. I was thinking pansies or petunias, because you can get bulk bedding trays of them, but I've never really had luck with them, and I'd hate for people to go home with a plant that doesn't really last.
I then thought maybe strawberries, but strawberries always want to grow up and out, so that tiny planter isn't going to do so good.
Sutera works really well in small containers (as proven by my hanging basket
), but that really isn't a cheap option.
So, any suggestions? I might still go for pansies, because I can get a bunch in the B&Q value range for under a fiver, but if there's something better, that would be awesome.