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Box and osteospermum pot display

You will need

  • Topiary box pyramid, Buxus sempervirens
  • Stipa tenuissima
  • Osteospermum 'Orange Symphony' 
  • Tall decorative pot
  • Compost, made from equal parts multi-purpose and loam-based composts
  • Crocks
  • Slow-release fertiliser

Overview

This box pyramid container display with ornamental grass and orange osteospermum makes an attractive, year-round feature for a sunny or partially shaded corner. A mulch of gravel gives the container a fresh look, as well as retains moisture in the pot.


Plant it: All year round
At its best: Summer
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Adding crocks

1

This is a heavy container display, so position your pot in its final position before planting it up. Put a layer of crocks in the bottom of the pot, to aid drainage.


Adding compost

2

Mix the composts together and fill the pot two-thirds full.


Adding slow-release fertiliser

3

Add slow-release fertiliser to the pot.


Planting up the pot

4

Plant the box in the centre of the pot, ensuring it is level, and at the same depth it was in its original pot.


Planting up the pot

5

Add the steospermum and stipa around the box, ensuring the grasses flop over the sides of the pot.


Watering the pot

6

Water the pot thoroughly, and allow to drain.


Our tip

Shrubs and perennials in pots need loam-based compost if they are to survive for more than a couple of years. Give them a boost every six months with slow-release fertiliser.




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trudi 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I have had problems with adding your given code to my confirmation of your email. Red sentence comes up with code not correct.
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Many thanks. This lot very very interesting.
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PamB 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Excellent - Thank you. My front porch will look much better.