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Autumn pot display


The pink-striped leaves of the phormium beautifully set off the pink flowers of sedums, cylclamen and erica in this striking autumn pot display.

Plant it: August - September
At its best: September - October
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:


Fill the pot two-thirds full with multi-purpose compost. Plant the phormium at the back of the pot, with the cyclamen just in front of it and to the side so it will cascade over the edge. Plant the erica to the other side and nestle the sedum amongst them, towards the front of the pot. Fill the container with compost, to within 5cm of the rim, firming around the plants with your fingers to squeeze out any air pockets.

Our tip

Cut the sedum back to its base in late winter to ensure they produce fresh growth in the autumn. Leave the carex uncut, as it looks lovely when frosted.

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Newcastle 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Has anyone had any experience of growing Saffron Crocus. I have just bought some and wondered if anyone had any ideas about good companion plants. I have panted these in a large container for the present as a precaution against snails and slugs and the dreaded vine weevil - will treat the container with insecticide in due course as well as having given it a dressing of gravel.

Madferret 04/01/2012 at 09:29

I planted some last (as in a year before you) and have yet to see any flowers but I also have mine in a large planter. I grew a few brassica in with them with no apparent side effects. The soil I use was a basic cheap mix with a bit of perlite and a handful of slow release fert. Sorry I can't be much more help. Regards Nick

QueenTi 09/08/2012 at 16:22

I grew some last year in pots outside. Had brilliant leaf display last autumn but no flowers and I have yet to see anything this year? I hope they are still there.

Newcastle 07/12/2012 at 21:02

I did finally get a few flowers earlier this year but whether the plants have survived this years deluge remains to me seen. They may have managed tomake some bulbs despite all the odds - who knows?