Begonia and bleeding heart pot display

Do it:

May

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

This combination of dark-leaved begonias and heuchera, with flowering bleeding heart, makes for an impressive shade-loving display. Pot this up in a shady corner for a dramatic and long-lasting splash of colour.

You will need

  • Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘King of Hearts’
  • Heuchera ‘Cappuccino’
  • Begonia ‘Botanica’
  • Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’
  • Carex flagellifera
  • Container
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Water-retaining gel
  • Slow-release fertiliser

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Add a layer of crocks to the base of the pot, to aid drainage, and then fill two-thirds with multi-purpose compost. Add slow-release fertiliser and moisture-retentive gel, and mix in with your hands.

Add the bleeding heart to the centre of the container, ensuring it's level and planted at the same depth it was in its original pot.

Add the begonias and carex around the bleeding heart. Firm the plants well and fill in gaps with more compost.

Water the pot well to fully soak the water-retaining gel. Allow the pot to drain fully before moving to its final position.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Choose a container to complement the tone and colour palette of your plants. This beige planter gives the dramatic foliage real standout and brings harmony to the scheme as a whole. Plant several pots in a similar way to give your patio a coordinated feel.

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