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Begonia and bleeding heart pot display

You will need

  • Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘King of Hearts’
  • Heuchera ‘Cappuccino’
  • Begonia ‘Botanica’
  • Begonia ‘Bronze Leaf’
  • Carex flagellifera
  • Container
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Water-retaining gel
  • Slow-release fertiliser


This combination of dark-leaved begonias and heuchera, with flowering bleeding heart, makes for an impressive shade-loving display. Pot this up in a shady corner for a dramatic and long-lasting splash of colour.

Plant it: May
At its best: May - September
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Adding compost


Add a layer of crocks to the base of the pot, to aid drainage, and then fill two-thirds with multi-purpose compost. Add slow-release fertiliser and moisture-retentive gel, and mix in with your hands.

Planting up the pot


Add the bleeding heart to the centre of the container, ensuring it's level and planted at the same depth it was in its original pot.

Planting up the pot


Add the begonias and carex around the bleeding heart. Firm the plants well and fill in gaps with more compost.

Watering the pot


Water the pot well to fully soak the water-retaining gel. Allow the pot to drain fully before moving to its final position.

Our tip

Transplant the begonias to individual pots in autumn and bring indoors to overwinter.

Discuss this pot & container

Talkback: Begonia and bleeding heart pot display
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leasholm15 24/11/2011 at 15:28

How far down should I plant the begonias?

sterelitza 18/04/2013 at 08:51

Oh why did I throw that old bucket away. I will have second thoughts now about getting rid of containers that a coat of paint could revitalise them as planters. Great ideas for planting though.