Box and osteospermum pot display

Do it:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

This box pyramid container display with ornamental grass and orange osteospermum makes an attractive, year-round feature for a sunny or partially shaded corner. A mulch of gravel gives the container a fresh look, as well as retains moisture in the pot.

You will need

  • Topiary box pyramid, Buxus sempervirens
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • Osteospermum 'Orange Symphony' 
  • Tall decorative pot
  • Compost, made from equal parts multi-purpose and loam-based composts
  • Crocks
  • Slow-release fertiliser

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This is a heavy container display, so position your pot in its final position before planting it up. Put a layer of crocks in the bottom of the pot, to aid drainage.

Mix the composts together and fill the pot two-thirds full.

Add slow-release fertiliser to the pot.

Plant the box in the centre of the pot, ensuring it is level, and at the same depth it was in its original pot.

Add the steospermum and stipa around the box, ensuring the grasses flop over the sides of the pot.

Water the pot thoroughly, and allow to drain.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Use the box pyramid as a year-round feature, replacing the others as they pass their best and the seasons change. It’ll be possible to create an entirely new look each season if you combine colours and textures carefully.

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