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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


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


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


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

Planting up the pot


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


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

Watering the pot


Water the pot thoroughly and leave to drain.

Our tip

Deadhead spent flowers regularly to keep the display looking fresh.

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