Hellebore and carex pot display

Do it:

Jan

Takes just:

one hour

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Dec

There are fewer gardening jobs to keep you busy in January, so make the most of extra time and plant up a stylish container to decorate a terrace or doorstep. This elegant cube-shaped container is filled with the curly sedge, Carex buchananii, and Helleborus niger, the Christmas rose, which starts to flush pink in January and February.

You will need

  • Helleborus niger 10cm pot x3
  • Carex buchananii 2 litre pot x1
  • 30cm satin zinc cube pot
  • Peat free, multi-purpose compost
  • Electric drill
  • Crocks
  • Watering can

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Turn the container upside down and drill four or five drainage holes in the bottom.

Place a few crocks in the base of the container then add compost until it's two-thirds full.

Plant the carex in one corner of the cube pot. This will form the 'back' of the finished display.

Fill the remaining corners with the three hellebores, and push more compost into any gaps.

Water the plants in well and stand in a sheltered spot. Make sure the compost doesn't dry out in winter winds.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Don’t be afraid of using just one or two different plants to make a container display – keeping things simple often looks much more effective than a chaotic jumble of blooms. Use a modern container to give traditional plants a contemporary edge.

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