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Crocosmia, penstemon and rudbeckia pot display

You will need

  • Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora 'Emily Mckenzie' 
  • Penstemon 'Red Riding Hood'
  • Libertia ixioides 'Goldfinger'
  • Rudbeckia fulgida 'City Garden'
  • Anemanthele lessoniana
  • Terracotta pot, 45cm diameter
  • Multi-purpose compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser

Overview

While many container displays are looking past their best by August, this late-summer display will brighten up a corner of the patio right through autumn. The fiery colours of the crocosmia, rudbeckia and penstemon contrast beautifully with the evergreen foliage of pheasant's tail grass.


Plant it: all year round
At its best: July - August
Takes just: 20 minutes

How to do it:

Adding compost

1

Place a layer of broken polystyrene or crocks in the base of the pot, to aid drainage. Add compost until the pot is two-thirds full. Push your fingers into the compost or gently knock the pot to remove air pockets.


Adding slow-release fertiliser

2

Sprinkle slow-release fertiliser over the compost, to keep the display looking good for as long as possible.


Planting up the pot

3

Place the tallest plants at the back of the pot and the shorter plants at the front. Add more compost around the plants and firm gently.


Planting up the pot

4

Add the smaller plants around the tallest, filling in gaps with more compost.


Watering the pot

5

Water the pot thoroughly and leave to drain.


Our tip

Deadhead spent flowers regularly to keep the display looking fresh.




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