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Phormium and heuchera pot display

You will need

  • Phormium 'Jester'
  • Phormium cookianum
  • Heuchera 'Prince' x2
  • Dwarf tobacco plants, e.g. Nicotiana 'Perfume Lime' x3
  • Large glazed square container
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose peat-free compost


Phormiums survive well in most conditions and there are some wonderful dwarf varieties that are perfect for growing in pots. For a cheaper, but equally colourful alternative to phormiums, you could use cordylines. By the end of summer the fragrant lime-green tobacco plants will be passed their best, however, you'll still have the phormiums and heucheras to enjoy over winter.
Plant it: May - June
At its best: June - September
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

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

2Arrange the plants in the container: start with the two phormiums, positioning them towards the back, dot the nicotianas in between, then tuck the heucheras in the front corners.

3Top up with more compost, firming it around the plant roots with your fingers.

Adam's 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.