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Pelargonium and begonia pot display

You will need

  • 1 ruby red begonia, we used B. 'Midnight Magic'
  • 1 orange pelargonium, we used P. 'Meadowside Midnight'
  • Wooden barrel or similar rustic container
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost


This rustic container filled with an orange pelargonium and a ruby red begonia is guaranteed to brighten up the gloomiest corner in your garden. Take care to keep the begonia out of the sun, or it will scorch.

Plant it: March - April
At its best: June - September
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:


The key to this container is its simplicity. Just add crocks to the bottom of the barrel for drainage, top up with compost and get planting.

Cut a few drainage holes in the plastic and fill the basket two-thirds with compost.

Fill in between the roots with compost, leaving a gap of around 2cm between the top of the compost and the basket's rim. Water in well and leave to drain before hanging in position.

Our tip

Our wooden barrel is a butter churn sourced from a reclamation yard. Pop along to your local yard to see what you can find.

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