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Euphorbia x martini x1
Nandina domestica 'Fire Power' x1
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue' x1
Lime heathers Erica arborea 'Albert's Gold' x2
27cm Fibreclay faux-lead square container
Crocks or broken polystyrene
This zingy scheme is all about foliage colour and texture, proving you don't need flowers to provide an interesting display. The euphorbia and lime heather provide the main colour hit in a container that's guaranteed to brighten any autumn day. Blue festuca and the red-leaved Nandina offer a contrast, while keeping the overall look simple. These plants enjoy a bright spot, so place the container where it will get winter sunshine. Don't be too quick to dismantle this container as the euphorbia will produce lovely flowers in the spring.
Place a layer of crocks or broken polystyrene on the bottom of your pot to ensure good drainage.
Fill the pot two-thirds full, using multi-purpose compost.
Position the tallest plants first - in this case the euphorbia and nandina - teasing out the roots as you go. As a general rule, the taller the plant, the further towards the back of your container it should go.
Add the remaining shorter plants to the front and sides, then fill in the gaps with more compost, firming down well with your hands. Water the container well and move it to its final position. It's important not to let the compost dry out.