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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:

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

2 Arrange 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.

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

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.