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Brachyglottis 'Sunshine' x1
Heuchera 'Obsidian' x1
Purple ornamental cabbages x2
White mini-cyclamen x2
24cm square, plain terracotta pot
Crocks or broken polystyrene
We've given traditional autumn bedding plants a modern twist by combining them with evergreens and keeping to a limited colour palette. Purple, white and silver make a classy trio, and bring instant glamour to any terrace or balcony. Remember to deadhead cyclamen regularly to keep the flowers coming. Once the container is past its best, the brachyglottis and heuchera can be planted out in your garden.
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, 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.