Fern and fritillary pot display

Do it:

Mar, Apr

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Apr, May, Jun

Bring life to a shady corner with these shade-loving favourites. The lime-green leaves of the fern contrast beautifully with the chequered purple snake's head fritillaries. Perfect for spring, once you're finished with the display, simply transplant the plants into your garden and repot the container with a fresh set of plants for summer.

You will need

  • Japanese tassel fern, Polystichum polyblepharum
  • Snake's head fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris
  • Terracotta pot, 30cm
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost


Cover the bottom of the pot with crocks, then fill it two-thirds with compost.

Plant the ferns first and then the fritillaries. Cover the plants with compost and firm well. Water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain before moving to its final position.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Keep the display simple by only using once colour fritillary – you’ll find several shades available at the garden centre, but being strict with colour is the key to creating a coordinated display with a professional finish.

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