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Use pieces of polystyrene in the base of the planter to improve drainage, reduce the weight and save on compost. Break it up into chunks and layer across the bottom of the pot.
Fill the pot two-thirds full of multi-purpose compost and mix in some slow-release plant food. This will continue to feed the plants long after the composts's reserves of nutrients have run dry.
Tease out the pittosporum's roots to prevent them from spiralling. Plant in the container and fill compost around the rootball, ready to accommodate the smaller shrubs and grasses.
Plant the Carex, Skimmia and ivy around the pittosporum, teasing out their roots as you go. Carefully fill any air pockets around the plants with compost and firm down well.
Slot the tulip bulbs into the loose compost between the plants, ensuring an even spread. Aim to plant them around 10cm deep and just a few centimetres apart.
Push the three bird feeders firmly into the compost around the base of the pittosporum and fill with sunflower seed. Water in the new plants and place the pot in a sunny position.
Water as necessary, using the opportunity to wash any bird droppings down onto the compost.
Once the bulbs start to emerge, use a liquid feed every other week.