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Cyclamen, carex, ivy and skimmia pot display


In this handsome container we combine the leafy foliage of carex and ivy, with bright red cyclamen flowers and the cream-green flowerbuds of the skimmia. Its perfect for adding a splash of colour in autumn, and will last right through to spring.

Plant it: September
At its best: November - March
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

Adding compost


Position the container in a sheltered spot and where you want some winter interest, and place a layer of crocks at the bottom, then three-quarters fill with compost.

Adding slow-release fertiliser


Add slow-release fertiliser granules to the compost and mix it in with your hands.

Planting up the pot


Plant the skimmia towards the back of the container, to the same depth in the new compost as it was in its previous pot. Plant the carex and cyclamen plants in bold clumps in front of it. Position the ivies at the front and sides of the pot so they can tumble over the edge.

Planting up 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.

Watering the pot


Water the container thoroughly and allow to drain.

Our tip

Make sure your pot has plenty of drainage holes in the base to prevent the compost becoming waterlogged in winter.

Choose cyclamen plants that are specifically bred to be hardy and will survive a frosty winter.

Discuss this pot & container

Talkback: Cyclamen, carex, ivy and skimmia pot display
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Sally Sox 30/08/2013 at 19:58

How large is the pot for the cyclamen, ivy & cineraria display?

nutcutlet 01/09/2013 at 20:59

just had a look at that.about 12-15 inches I should think. It may be at itsbest November to March but that will be down to the ivy. the cyclamen will be over before christmas and the cineraria will look a bit rough.