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Narcissus and aubretia pot display


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.

Plant it: March
At its best: spring
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Adding crocks to the pot


Place pieces of terracotta over holes in the pot's base to allow water to drain freely.

Teasing out the roots


Tease out the fibrous roots of the carex to encourage it to quickly send out new roots.

Planting up the pot


Part fill the pot with compost. Set the carex in the centre, leaving room for other plants.

Separating the narcissus plants


Split the narcissus bulbs carefully and set them in position around the carex.

Planting up the pot


Plant aubretia in the gaps at the edge of the pot, so they can trail over the side.

Narcissus and aubretia pot display


Water the container well and allow to drain fully. Site in a sunny position.

Our tip

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

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