Hosta and fern pot display

Do it:

May, Jun, Jul

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

This simple container feature uses only three shade-loving plants to dramatic effect. The feathery leaves of the fern arch gracefully over the edges of the pot, making a perfect foil to the blue-green leaves of the hosta. And the dainty white  blooms of the deutzia add a subtle splash of colour. Perfect for a shady corner.

You will need

  • Fern, Polypodium vulgare
  • Deutzia gracilis 'Nikko'
  • Hosta 'Canadian Blue'
  • Plain terracotta pot, 30cm
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost


Make sure your pot has holes in it and add crocks to stop the compost falling out from the bottom.

Fill the pot two-thirds full with compost.

Add the three plants, spaced evenly around the pot. Fill around them with more compost and firm in gently.

Water the plants thoroughly and allow to drain, before moving your container to its final position.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Protect the hosta from slugs by putting a ring of copper tape around the rim of the pot. In theory slugs won’t cross copper, meaning your precious hosta leaves will go undamaged all summer.

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