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Phormium and heuchera pot display


Phormiums survive well in most conditions and there are some wonderful dwarf varieties that are perfect for growing in pots. Here, we combine dwarf variety 'Alison Blackman' with heather, carex and heuchera for dramatic effect. It's the perfect container for a shady corner and will last well into winter.

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

How to do it:

Adding crocks


Cover the bottom of the container with crocks, to stop the compost falling out of the drainage hole.

Adding compost


Fill the pot thwo-thirds full with compost.

Planting up the pot


Arrange the plants in the container, starting with the phormium, followed by the heather and heuchera, and finally squeezing in the carex. Fill around the plants with compost and firm in well.

Watering the container


Water the pot thoroughly and allow to drain before moving it to its final position.

Our tip

If you live in a cold area, move the container to a sheltered spot in the winter to stop the phormium's roots freezing.

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kaycurtis 24/11/2011 at 15:28

Love these pots, always looking for ways to brighten up the garden.