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Phlox and thrift pot display


Thrift is found growing wild on sea cliffs and mountain sides. It is a tough little plant with short, tufty foliage. In this planting combination its bright pink, long-stemmed flowers provide a focal point from late-spring to summer. The low-growing alpine phloxes are covered in blooms from late-spring to early summer, as is the glossy mat of saxifrage.

Plant it: March - April
At its best: April - June
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:


Fill the container two thirds with compost and grit.

Place the thrift centrally and surround it with both alpine phloxes, which will tumble towards the front, and saxifrage, which provides a dense cushion of green beneath the flowers.

Our tip

Alpine plants thrive in well-drained soil so plant them in a pot filled with a free-draining multi-purpose compost with extra grit added.

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