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Alpine strawberries are smaller and more delicate than ordinary strawberries. They have an exquisite flavour and perfume, so are ideal as a striking display as well as a source of food. This alpine strawberry display looks especially pretty scrambling through the daisy-like plant fleabane, which will flower all summer.
Fix the pot securely to the wall before planting it up. Pop a handful of crocks into the bottom, then half fill it with compost.
Plant the strawberries at the back of the pot, then plant the fleabane along the front. Tuck the compost around the plants' roots and firm it in with your fingers.
This combination of plants should overwinter safely in the wall pot. In autumn, tidy up the fleabane by cutting it back. protect the strawberries from the cold weather with a covering of straw.
It's worth considering slug protection for your pot as they have been known to climb walls.
24/11/2011 at 15:27
A friend gave me some alpine strawberries some years ago and they keep on growing each year, lovely, although very small they outshine any other for flavour, I would recommend them also for the lovely deep pink flowers.