Autumn bedding pot display

Do it:

Oct

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Sep, Oct, Nov

We've given traditional autumn bedding plants a modern twist by combining them with evergreens and keeping to a limited colour palette. Purple, white and silver make a classy trio, and bring instant glamour to any terrace or balcony. Remember to deadhead cyclamen regularly to keep the flowers coming. Once the container is past its best, the brachyglottis and heuchera can be planted out in your garden. 

You will need

Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' x1

Heuchera 'Obsidian' x1

Cineraria x2

Purple ornamental cabbages x2

White mini-cyclamen x2

24cm square, plain terracotta pot

Crocks or broken polystyrene

Multi-purpose compost

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Place a layer of crocks or broken polystyrene on the bottom of your pot to ensure good drainage.

Fill the pot two-thirds full, using multi-purpose compost.

Position the tallest plants first, teasing out the roots as you go. As a general rule, the taller the plant, the further towards the back of your container it should go.

Add the remaining shorter plants to the front and sides, then fill in the gaps with more compost, firming down well with your hands.

Water the container well and move it to its final position. It's important not to let the compost dry out.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

The brachyglottis and heuchera can be moved to the garden when the display is past its best. This will give them a life beyond the container, meaning you’re getting real value for money from your plants.

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