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Add a cottage-garden feel to your patio with this simple pot project. The trio of narcissus, carex and aubretia provides instant colour, as plants can be bought in flower. If other spring flowers catch your eye at the garden centre, you could use those instead.
Place pieces of terracotta over holes in the pot's base to allow water to drain freely.
Tease out the fibrous roots of the carex to encourage it to quickly send out new roots.
Part fill the pot with compost. Set the carex in the centre, leaving room for other plants.
Split the narcissus bulbs carefully and set them in position around the carex.
Plant aubretia in the gaps at the edge of the pot, so they can trail over the side.
Water the container well and allow to drain fully. Site in a sunny position.
Once the flowers fade, simply tuck the pot away until next year, when the display will flower again
For a more rustic look, try growing the display in a half wooden barrel, or for a more formal look, a faux lead planter
Extend the season of interest by adding later flowering bulbs such as 'De Caen' anemones, dwarf alliums and fritillaries