Skimmia, phormium and stipa pot display

Do it:

Sep, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

20 minutes

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

The red berries of Skimmia japonica 'Reevesiana' and flowers of red cyclamen add colour to the autumn garden, and they'll continue to steal the show into winter. Ornamental stipa grass acts as a lush green backdrop, while Phormium 'Rainbow Queen' adds a splash of winter interest, that will last for months.

You will need

  • Phormium 'Rainbow Queen' x 1
  • Stipa grass x 1
  • Skimmia japonica 'Marlot' x 1
  • Skimmia japonica 'Reevesiana' x 1
  • Red cyclamen
  • Large, tall pot
  • Compost


Place crocks in the base of the pot and half fill with compost.

Sprinkle slow-release fertiliser granules on the surface of the compost, to maintain nutrient levels throughout the year.

Place the stipa towards the back of the pot and add the skimmia next to it. Arrange the other plants around them. Fill in gaps with compost around the edge of the pot.

Move the pot to its final planting position – ideally in shade – water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Extend the life of wooden containers by lining them with plastic – a piece of old compost sack is ideal. Just make sure you cut a few drainage holes in the plastic before planting – this will avoid the compost becoming waterlogged.

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