Stipa, muscari and pansy window box

Do it:

Apr

Takes just:

30 minutes

At its best:

Apr, May, Jun

In this pretty window box display we've combined stipa and euonymous with the pretty spring colours of grape hyacinths and pansies. The stipa and euonymous will provide a long season of interest, while the grape hyacinths and the pansies offer a splash of colour for several weeks.

For a spot of winter try growing muscari bulbs in a hanging ball.

You will need

  • Muscari 'Blue Magic' pot x4
  • Stipa tenuissima 'Pony Tails'
  • Viola 'Panola Blue' x4
  • Euonymous 'Emerald Gaiety'
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost

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Drill or nail drainage holes into the base of the container, to allow water to pass through.

Add crocks to the base of the container to aid drainage.

Fill the container two-thirds with multi-purpose compost.

Plant the stipa first, in the centre of the window box, towards the back. Firm it well and ensure the rootball is level in the compost.

Add the muscari, euonymous and pansy plants around the stipa.

Fill any gaps around the plants with more compost and firm in well.

Water the window box thoroughly and allow to drain before moving to its final position.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

This reclaimed planter adds to the rustic look of the display. Consider using metal buckets for a similar effect or upscale things with a tin bath – it’ll make for an authentic feature guaranteed to create a talking point.

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