Pansy, thyme and olive pot display

Do it:

Jan, Feb, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Feb, Mar, Apr

The hardy winter-flowering varieties of pansy are the best bet for winter and spring containers as they're rarely without blooms, even when other plants are shivering in the cold. The flowers look stunning set off against the golden foliage of the thyme, around the olive tree as a centrepiece.

You will need

  • Pansy plants
  • Thymus pulegioides 'Archer's Gold'
  • Common sage, Salvia officinalis
  • Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis
  • Olive tree
  • Large terracotta pot

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Add crocks to aid drainage and fill the pot two-thirds with compost. Add the olive tree to the centre of the pot, ensuring it's level and planted at the same depth it was in its original pot.

Position the pansy, thyme and other herbs around the olive, letting the thyme spill over the edge. Fill in any gaps with compost and firm down. Water the container thoroughly and allow to drain.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Harvest herbs regularly to enjoy tasty pickings and encourage plenty of fresh growth. The pretty violas are edible too – use them to add interest and colour to salads. There’s nothing better than a display that’s both pretty and productive!

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