Crocosmia, penstemon and rudbeckia pot display

Do it:

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

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Jul, Aug

While many container displays are looking past their best by August, this late-summer display will brighten up a corner of the patio right through autumn. The fiery colours of the crocosmia, rudbeckia and penstemon contrast beautifully with the evergreen foliage of pheasant's tail grass.

You will need

  • Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Emily Mckenzie' 
  • Penstemon 'Red Riding Hood'
  • Libertia ixioides 'Goldfinger'
  • Rudbeckia fulgida 'City Garden'
  • Anemanthele lessoniana
  • Terracotta pot, 45cm diameter
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser


Place a layer of broken polystyrene or crocks in the base of the pot, to aid drainage. Add compost until the pot is two-thirds full. Push your fingers into the compost or gently knock the pot to remove air pockets.

Sprinkle slow-release fertiliser over the compost, to keep the display looking good for as long as possible.

Place the tallest plants at the back of the pot and the shorter plants at the front. Add more compost around the plants and firm gently.

Add the smaller plants around the tallest, filling in gaps with more compost.

Water the pot thoroughly and leave to drain.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

These plants are great for a hit of potted late-summer colour, although they can be moved to a border when they stop flowering. They’ll all thrive in a sunny spot, rewarding you with blooms for many years to come.

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