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Hellebore and carex pot display

Overview

There are fewer gardening jobs to keep you busy in January, so make the most of extra time and plant up a stylish container to decorate a terrace or doorstep. This elegant cube-shaped container is filled with the curly sedge, Carex buchananii, and Helleborus niger, the Christmas rose, which starts to flush pink in January and February.


Plant it: January
At its best: winter
Takes just: an hour

How to do it:

Drilling drainage holes in the bottom of a container

1

Turn the container upside down and drill four or five drainage holes in the bottom.


Filling container with compost

2

Place a few crocks in the base of the container then add compost until it's two-thirds full.


Removing carex plant from its pot

3

Plant the carex in one corner of the cube pot. This will form the 'back' of the finished display.


Planting hellebore plant

4

Fill the remaining corners with the three hellebores, and push more compost into any gaps.


Watering the hellebore and carex pot display

5

Water the plants in well and stand in a sheltered spot. Make sure the compost doesn't dry out in winter winds.


Adam's tip

Transplant the hellebores and carex to the garden when the container is past its best - they will grow for years to come

For extra protection against the cold, line metal containers with bubblewrap. It will help prevent compost from freezing




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