Primula and anemone pot display

Do it:

Feb, Mar

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Mar, Apr

Purple and yellow always work well together, and the combination is particularly striking in this pairing of cowslip and anemone. We've used a grey Moroccan trough, but a wooden or terracotta planter would look just a good.

You will need

  • Primula veris x5
  • Wood anemone, Anemone blanda x6
  • 50cm trough
  • 25 litres of peat-free, multi-purpose compost
  • Broken crocks or polystyrene
  • Water-retaining gel


Add crocks to the trough to improve drainage, then fill it two-thirds full of compost mixed with water-retaining gel.

Plant the cowslips first, spacing them evenly along the length of the trough and positioning towards the back.

Add the anemones, placing them in the the gaps between the cowslips. Anemones are delicate so take care not to break them.

Water your arrangement and ensure it never dries out. Deadhead faded cowslips to encourage new blooms.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

This is a faux-lead container – it looks as good as the real thing, but is lightweight and can be moved around easily. Consider a planter like this if you’re after a traditional look full of traditional charm.

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