Rose and clematis pot display

Do it:

Mar, Apr

Takes just:

45 minutes

At its best:

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Roses and clematis make the perfect planting partners, so why not bring the two together in a large pot display? Here we've combined groundcover rose 'Suffolk' with maroon-flowered clematis 'Burma Star' and a few trailing ivies to complete the look.

All plants thrive with the minimum of fuss and will happily romp away, given adequate compost, food and water. Simply deadhead regularly and tie stems into place, and you'll have an annual display that gets better every year.

You will need

  • Rosa 'Suffolk'
  • Clematis 'Burma Star'
  • Ivy plants x 3
  • Large terracotta pot
  • Wooden batons
  • Crocks
  • Loam-based compost


Add crocks to the base of the pot and fill two-thirds with compost.

Add mycorrhizal fungi to aid development of the rose's roots.

Plant the rose in the centre of the pot and the clematis and ivies around it. Add more compost to fill in any gaps and firm well.

Position the wooden batons in the compost and tie them together at the top to form an obelsik, using twine or raffia.

Tie the clematis and rose stems to the obelisk using twine.

Water the plants well and allow to drain. Add more compost to fill in any holes if necessary.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Use a soil-based compost for a permanent container display like this one as it’ll hold its structure over a long period. Feed regularly to keep the plants healthy and boost the display – liquid seaweed feed is a good choice.

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