Primula and ranunculus window box

Do it:

Mar, Apr

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Mar, Apr, May, Jun

This combination of ranunculus, candleabra primulas and violas makes a pretty spring container display. The flowers are the perfect size for a windowsill or porch so you can enjoy them from the comfort and warmth of indoors. There are many different shades to choose from and, being perennial, the primulas can be planted out later into a moist, neutral-to-acid soil for next year. And don’t worry if you can’t find the exact varieties we used – just pick what’s looking good.

You will need

Ranunculus asiaticus hybrids x 3
Primula denticulata x 1
Violas x 8
Wicker window box
Multi-purpose compost


Place a layer of crocks in the base of the window box to help with drainage.

Fill the window box two-thirds full with compost and tap it down to get rid of any air pockets in the corners.

Plant the primula and ranunculus in the middle, and violas in the gaps, for an even mix of colour. Water well, allow to drain and move the window box to its final position.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Create a vibrant display by combining contrasting colours. Purple and yellow are perfect partners and produce a fresh, spring-like feel. Position the plants in a haphazard jumble for a traditional cottage-garden feel.

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