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Parrot's beak and banana pot display

You will need

  • Large, deep pot, at least 40cm tall and 60cm diameter
  • Crocks
  • Loam-based compost, such as John Innes No. 3
  • 4 parrot's beaks, Lotus berthelotii
  • 4 trailing begonias
  • 1 honey bush, Melianthus major
  • 2 bananas, Musa basjoo


In the heat of summer, this showy pot will bring a taste of the tropics to your garden. The huge, red-tinged banana leaves flounce above a frothy skirt of blue-grey parrot's beak and honey bush, and fiery begonias.
Plant it: April - June
At its best: June - September
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

1 Cover the bottom of the pot with crocks, then fill it two-thirds with compost.

2 Arrange the plants in the pot: sit the honey bush in the centre, sandwiched between the bananas. Tuck the parrot's beak and the begonias around the edge of the pot.

3 Top up the pot with more compost, firming it gently around the plant roots with your fingers. If frost is forecast overnight, cover the pot with horticultural fleece.

Our tip

Plant begonia tubers in pots, hollow-side uppermost. Then grow on in a greenhouse until ready to plant up.
Many of these plants are tender so don't plant them out too early, and protect them over winter by bringing them indoors.

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