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Fennel and euphorbia pot display

You will need

  • Euphorbia 'Efanthia'
  • Mossy saxifrage 'Peter Pan'
  • Ajuga reptans 'Back Scallop'
  • Saxifraga ferdinandi coburgi 'Drakula'
  • Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
  • Large, 30cm terracotta pot
  • Crocks
  • Multi-purpose compost


The rich colours of the bronze-leaved fennel and euphorbia complement the colour of the warm terracotta pot beneath. Tall euphorbia stems give height to the display while the wispy, feathery foliage of the fennel adds texture and movement. Weaving through display are delicate saxifrages, which bring spots of colour among the foliage.

Plant it: March - April
At its best: June - August
Takes just: 30 minutes

How to do it:

Adding compost


Cover the base of the pot with crocks, then fill it two-thirds full with compost.

Planting up the pot


Plant the euphorbia and fennel plants towards the back of the pot, then plant the saxifrages and ajuga at the front. Space plants well so they have room to grow.

Planting up the pot


Top up the pot with compost, firming it around the plants with your fingers.

Adding gravel mulch


Add a thick mulch of gravel to add contrast to the colours, and help conserve moisture. Water the pot well and allow to drain thoroughly before popping it in its final planting postion.

Our tip

Cut back the fennel to the soil each year in late winter or early spring, otherwise it could shoot up to 1.8m tall.

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WildGardener2 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Love the look of these plants in this pot, but, again, as a beginner, PLEASE state size of pot