Bergenia and saxifrage pot display

Do it:

Mar, Apr

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

This simple container display is perfect for a shady corner. The large, glossy leaves of the bergenia look fantastic all year round, while its pink flowers combine with those of the thrift to add a splash of colour in spring. Both plants are perennial so, once you have finished with your display, transfer them into the garden.

You will need

  • Bergenia cordifolia 'Winterglut'
  • Mossy saxifrage, Saxifraga x arendsii
  • Terracotta pot, 30cm
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost

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Add crocks to the bottom of the container to cover the drainage hole, and fill two-thirds full with compost.

Plant the bergenia and thrift in the pot, cover with compost and firm in well. Water the plants thoroughly and allow to drain fully before moving it to its final position.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Don’t overlook perennial plants when buying for containers. They’re often just as pretty as flowery annuals, with the added bonus of being able to use them in the garden afterwards. It’s also a great way to make your money go further.

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