Osteospermum and santolina pot display

Do it:

May, Jun

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Osteospermums are perfect for growing in pots, offering a long season of pretty flowers for a sunny corner. here, we've combined osteospermums with ornamental grass and santolina, whose foliage brings out the purple of the flowers.

You will need

  • Santolina chamaecyparissus
  • Purple osteospermum
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • 30cm terracotta pot
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow release fertiliser

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Add crocks to the bottom of the pot to aid drainage, and fill two-thirds with compost.

Add slow-release fertiliser and water-retaining gell to the compost, and mix it in with your hands.

Add the stipa and osteospermum first, and tuck the santolina in around the other plants. Add compost to fill the gaps and firm in well. Water the pot thoroughly and leav to drain before moving to its final position.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

This display has something of a seaside feel, so position it where the grasses and santolina can gently sway in the breeze. Deadhead the osteospermum to keep the display neat and to encourage more blooms.

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