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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.
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.
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.
Add the begonias and carex around the bleeding heart. Firm the plants well and fill in gaps with more compost.
Water the pot well to fully soak the water-retaining gel. Allow the pot to drain fully before moving to its final position.
Transplant the begonias to individual pots in autumn and bring indoors to overwinter.
24/11/2011 at 15:28
How far down should I plant the begonias?
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.