Cyclamen, carex, ivy and skimmia pot display

Do it:

Sep

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

In this handsome container we combine the leafy foliage of carex and ivy, with bright red cyclamen flowers and the cream-green flowerbuds of the skimmia. Its perfect for adding a splash of colour in autumn, and will last right through to spring.

You will need

  • Skimmia japonica 'Thereza'
  • Red cyclamen plants x6
  • Carex
  • Ivy plants x4
  • Square container
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser
  • Crocks

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Position the container in a sheltered spot and where you want some winter interest, and place a layer of crocks at the bottom, then three-quarters fill with compost.

Add slow-release fertiliser granules to the compost and mix it in with your hands.

Plant the skimmia towards the back of the container, to the same depth in the new compost as it was in its previous pot. Plant the carex and cyclamen plants in bold clumps in front of it. Position the ivies at the front and sides of the pot so they can tumble over the edge.

Fill the container with compost, to within 5cm of the rim, firming around the plants with your fingers to squeeze out any air pockets.

Water the container thoroughly and allow to drain.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Position the plants in groups when adding them to the container – particularly the colourful flowers. This creates a big impact and will give your pot standout from afar. Deadhead the cyclamen to encourage more blooms.

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