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Azalea and campanula pot display

Overview

Acid-loving azaleas grow happily in pots of ericaceous compost, so you can enjoy these plants even without acid garden soil. They come in a wide range of colours, from deep red and pink to orange, yellow or pure white. Some even have a wonderful, spicy scent that will perfume your patio on a warm day.
Plant it: October - November or February - March
At its best: March - May
Takes just: 30 minutes to plant up the container

How to do it:

1Put a layer of crocks in the bottom of the container, then fill it two-thirds with ericaceous compost.


2Plant the campanulas around the edge of the container where they'll tumble over the sides. Plant the azalea in the centre. Top up with compost, firming around the plant.


3After the azalea has stopped flowering the campanulas will keep going well into summer - they'll overwinter happily in their container. Cut them back if they begin to look messy.


Adam's tip

Azaleas hate being dry, so water them even when they're not flowering - they prefer rainwater to tap water. Give them a regular boost with ericaceous plant food.
Some azaleas are deciduous and lose their leaves in autumn, so make sure you choose an evergreen variety for year-round interest.


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Talkback: Azalea and campanula pot display
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kaycurtis 24/11/2011 at 15:27

I love Azaleas and this combination is great but watch out for the campanulas they seed all over the place even in my clay soil, do look lovely though and you've got them forever so thats a bonus.

cwalton 24/11/2011 at 15:29

just discovered your website.
what a treat!